Sir Alex Ferguson Wanted Current Man City Midfielder To Replace Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes celebrates after scoring Manchester United's first goal.

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Scoring 155 goals while plying your trade in the middle of the park is no small feat, but such was the quality of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

The Englishman was one of the best in his days, and made Sir Alex Ferguson’s side one of the greatest in the world. He controlled games on his own at times, and his vision, passing range, and shooting abilities were unmatched in the Premier League.

Many faithful United supporters feared the day the midfield maestro would hang his boots, as finding an able replacement for him seemed like a task almost impossible.

The fact that Scholes came out of retirement in 2012, after a year out, and made the Red Devils a better side again underlined his importance and class even further.

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However, the brilliance of Sir Alex Ferguson already had a name in mind, who he thought could fill the gap that Scholes would leave, and the world only recently learned about the same.


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United’s former assistant coach, Rene Meulesteen, revealed to the Evening Standard that Fergie saw a Borussia Dortmund player as the perfect man to carry the baton of midfield excellence forward back in 2013.

Speaking on the topic, Rene revealed: “We were looking at Gundogan from Dortmund and Reus at that time. We were looking at Gundogan – someone similar (to Scholes), who could keep ticking the ball over, thinks quick and has tempo.”

The German midfielder is now one of the best in the business, and ironically, is a part of the title-winning squad and a well-oiled machine at Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola also recognized the brilliance of Gundogan, and has used his skills and abilities to make the Cityzens the best team in England.