Manchester United’s senior stars would watch Sky Sports News for transfer updates about their own club during the tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils, who won 13 Premier League titles between 1993 and 2013, would regularly make the perfect signings in order to continue their progression.
Despite that, many of the core squad members were not made aware of imminent deals, leaving them watching TV in order to get updates on potential new colleagues.
Paul Scholes has discussed the habit while talking to BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey, who was forced to nudge the former England midfielder on his choice of broadcaster.
When asked how important bringing in fresh faces was to United’s success, Scholes said: "Massively. Exactly what we needed every year.
“Whether it was big players or middle of the road players. You needed that competition. You could win the league by 25 points but so what? Go and strengthen your team."
Before adding when asked if the big name players were aware of imminent transfers: "We never knew. You never thought oh blimey. You were excited. When you were on holiday and put your Sky Sports News on."
Humphrey then joked about the choice of channel, before Scholes added: "Oh sorry, put your BT Sport on… You're excited. you're hoping them to get the deal over the line. You want to play with the best players."
Scholes was speaking after United battled to victory at home against Newcastle, leaving them 10 points behind Manchester City with 13 games still to play.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of his side’s chances: “I’m never going to say it's done until it's done.
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“You've seen so many examples of teams hanging in there: do your own jobs and something might happen.
“We just think about our own games. It's not like we are going to think we'll lose as there's no point. We've loads to play for.”
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