Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Paul Scholes was a one of a kind player, and the club won’t be making any big purchases in the hopes of directly replacing him.

Scholes retired at the end of last season having amassed over 600 appearances for the club and maintaining the nowadays rare stance of being a one-club man.

After the midfielder chose to retire at the age of 36, speculation has been rife that Ferguson is on the look out for the next Scholes, but the manager says this isn’t the case.

"He was such a great, consistent player for us. I don't think we will find another Paul Scholes," explained the United boss.

"But hopefully we can replace him. Maybe we will find a different type of player. Manchester United do that.

"Time and time again we have faced this problem. But eventually something turns up, either through our youth system or we will identify someone."

Reports have been rife over the last few days that Wesley Sneijder had been identified as the ideal man to succeed Scholes, though Ferguson quashed any rumours of a move to Old Trafford for the Inter Milan star, saying there have been no bids made.


 

"I have not been involved in this [Sneijder transfer] situation. There is no real interest for a lot of reasons. There is nothing I can tell you about it,” Ferguson said.

Inter have also reiterated Ferguson’s sentiments on Sneijder, with technical director Marco Branca telling reporters: "There are no updates. He is not for sale."

United have been very active in the transfer window so far, signing Ashley Young, Phil Jones, and David De Gea.

But a midfielder is yet to be purchased by the club, and while Ferguson has now spent a combined total of £57.7 million over the last two months, a big signing could yet be on the cards yet for the Barclays Premier League champions.

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