Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says a replacement for Paul Scholes could come within the club's youth set-up.
The likes of Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric and Samir Nasri have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, to plug the gap left by Scholes in the United midfield.
But instead of making a marque signing to appease the supporters, Ferguson says a replacement for the midfielder can come from within United's ranks.
"We try to look ahead, we try to make sure we have an influx of young players coming through to replace the older players," he explained.
"It's obvious that for the last few years we've been well aware of the need to replace Ryan Giggs. We're fortunate he's managed to carry on and still perform the way he does.
"So the work we've done in the last few years has been centred around that and trying to make sure we still have the quality in the squad to carry on the success. The big problem, of course, is how do you replace somebody like Paul Scholes? It's very, very difficult.
"How will we overcome it? Maybe the next few weeks will help us in that respect. As they often do at Manchester United, maybe somebody will emerge out of the youth team or one of the young players emerges, and then we carry on.
"It would be impossible to get another Paul Scholes, but if we can get a player along similar lines in terms of the quality of his passing and vision, then yes, we'd have to do something."
The likes of Tom Cleverley, who spent last season on loan at Wigan Athletic, Ryan Tunnicliffe, who will spend next season at Peterborough United, and Paul Pogba, who has been compared to Patrick Vieira, have been been tipped to take over Scholes' position.
However the most praise has gone the way of Ravel Morrison, who scored twice in the Youth Cup Final second leg against Sheffield United, leading many people to believe United's future is in safe hands.
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