Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson at one point in time looked into a series of Bundesliga superstars and one of them now plays for Manchester City.

Ferguson’s former assistant Rene Meulensteen, has revealed that Sir Alex’s retirement came as a shock to a lot of people and he also revealed the names that the former United boss was interested in bringing to Old Trafford.

Meulensteen told Manchester Evening News: “The fact that he was going to retire or finish came to me and a lot of others as a complete bombshell. He was as sharp as ever,

“He was always an early bird, always arriving early at Carrington. I didn’t read anything in him where it suggested it would be his last season.

“We had very normal staff meetings regarding pre-season. That year we were going to Australia.

“Sir Alex even mentioned taking us to one of the best vineyards out there. I was looking forward to that!

“We had possible scouting meetings, possible players we were looking at in terms of trying to build a picture of what we think we need. All that was ongoing.

“We looked at a few German players like Hummels, who went to Bayern Munich.

“I think we looked at Gundogan and Reus, too. There was a number of players but we never got that specific to really target them.”

Gundogan was playing for Borussia Dortmund during the time Sir Alex was managing Manchester United and the German International later joined Manchester City in 2016 and has been with them since then.

This season Gundogan has made 44 appearances for the Cityzens in all competitions scoring 6 goals.

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