Ferguson does know he is building for the future though, even if he refuses to state United are emerging into a new era despite the retirements of Scholes, Gary Neville and Edwin van der Sar, plus the exits of long-serving duo Wes Brown and John O'Shea and arrivals of Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David de Gea.
"Not next season," said Ferguson of the 'new' United claim.
"We try to look ahead. We try to make sure there is an influx of young players coming in to replace the older players that are dying on their feet.
"For the last three years we were well aware of the need to replace Ryan Giggs. Fortunately, he is carrying on and performing the way he does.
"But Gary Neville left, Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar retired. We were well aware we would have to replace them at some point.
"The work in the last two or three years has been about that. Trying to make sure there is the quality in the squad to carry on the success."