Meulensteen: Fergie wanted Gundogan, Reus at Man Utd before retirement

Paola Ditto
Settembre 14, 2018

A memorable campaign saw Robin van Persie score 26 times, while it was also midfielder Paul Scholes' final year at Old Trafford after he was talked out of retirement by Ferguson in early 2012.

Gundogan ended up moving to United's arch-rivals Manchester City in 2016 and played in 30 of City's Premier League games last season, when Pep Guardiola masterminded a stunning title victory.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen admits Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Borussia Dortmund pair Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan before choosing to retire.

Despite missing most of his first season at the Etihad after picking up a serious knee injury, Gundogan has made 69 appearances for City, scoring 11 goals and setting up 10, but it could have been so different.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Rene Meulensteen explained what might have happened if the Scot had made a decision to carry on at the helm.

Of course, he retired in 2013 after winning his 13th English title with United and David Moyes replaced him, bringing in only one player in his first transfer window in Marouane Fellaini.

"If Fergie had carried on then we would have added some more quality, probably some more energy", Meulensteen told the Evening Standard.

"We were looking at Gundogan from Dortmund and Reus at that time".

"We were looking at Gundogan - someone similar [to Scholes], who could keep ticking the ball over, thinks quick and has tempo".

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