Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to rule out resurrecting his bid to sign Owen Hargreaves in the summer.
Ferguson has been on the trail of the England international midfielder since last summer's World Cup and had a reported £20million bid knocked back by Bayern Munich during the transfer window.
Hargreaves will now remain with the Bundesliga side until the end of the season, but Ferguson has hinted that he could make a fresh approach.
"I think with Hargreaves, if we'd have got him, we'd be bringing in a young English central midfield player," he said.
"You've got to remember Paul Scholes is 32. Although I think Paul can play for quite a time.
"But nonetheless, I think we're doing the right thing if we'd have got him, we were doing the right thing in protecting our future. Unfortunately we didn't get him."
But asked whether United would make a fresh move at the end of the season, Ferguson replied: "Maybe".
However, United could find that a charge at the top at Bayern could see any fresh interest fall on deaf ears.
The German champions have replaced the sacked Felix Magath with popular coach Ottmar Hitzfeld this week after falling off the pace at the top of the league table.
"Everyone's got their own ambition to improve their club, particularly when a new manager comes they give him the support the lad needs," he continued.
"Because it's Ottmar Hitzfeld and he had a great experience with Bayern in the past, they'll listen to him.
"That's an obvious worry for us. We don't know until we get down to talking to them if that does happen."