Scholes, who is joining United's coaching staff, is typically modest when he says the club did not need to find a like for like replacement – but he admits he would have loved to see either of those targets at the club.
“I was watching, hoping they’d sign these players – but not as replacements for me,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “The manager must have got sick of talking about me. Every time I turned on the TV someone else was asking him a question about me.
“I don’t think it is a case of having to replace me. At this club it is not about replacing players. We move on. There were players like Roy Keane and Bryan Robson – don’t have to replace them.”