After seeing his Manchester United side sliced apart with clinical precision by Barcelona during the Champions League final, Sir Alex Ferguson is now focused on dethroning the Catalan giants as the best side on the planet.
Ferguson has already set about reinforcing his squad this summer in time for another tilt at European glory next season, with Phil Jones expected to be followed to Old Trafford by Ashley Young and David De Gea.
The latter will be acquired as replacement for the retired Edwin Van der Sar, while Jones bolsters a defence shorn of Gary Neville, who opted to hang up his boots in February.
However, perhaps the greatest loss for the United boss was Paul Scholes, who decided to bring the curtain down on an illustrious career after the defeat to Barca.
The search is now on for a successor to the midfield artist, with the likes of Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric and Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder reportedly identified as potential replacements.
Scholes, though, modest as he is, does not believe he warrants being replaced by his manager. "I don't need replacing," he said, before adding: "I don't know where the answer lies about a replacement. That is up to the manager and his staff.
"There is no doubt there is a lot of talent at this club. You only have to look at the youth team this year and what they have done. There are some great players."
The 36-year-old, however, does feel a tinge of excitement when United are linked with some of the most high-profile names in world football.
"The ones we have been linked with are great players as well. I am sure the manager will buy or bring through the right players and will be just as successful and hopefully get towards the Barcelona level as well," Scholes said.
"Even when I was a player you see all these top players around the world that you’re linked with, and you’re excited about maybe playing with them.
"As a fan now, just like my son is, we’re hoping we buy the best players in the world and that they make us even stronger for next year."
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