Manchester United did reportedly make an attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, despite Sir Alex Ferguson's comments to the contrary.
Reports on Friday claimed that the Barclays Premier League champions were interested in bringing Lampard to Old Trafford during the January transfer window.
However, when asked for clarification during his weekly press conference, Ferguson said there was 'no foundation' to the stories that he hoped to sign the 33-year-old.
But, according to Goal.com, United had approached Chelsea over a proposed deal for Lampard, but were told by the Blues to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements.
This rejection from Chelsea forced Ferguson to plead with Paul Scholes to temporarily end his retirement, and the Old Trafford legend was only too happy to answer the call.
Scholes was a shock inclusion in the matchday squad on Sunday as United faced Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium.
The 37-year-old came off the bench for the final 30 minutes of the breathtaking encounter, in which United triumphed 3-2 thanks to a Wayne Rooney double and a volley from Danny Welbeck.