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The 50-year-old Spaniard led Barcelona to Champions League success in both 2009 and 2011, beating Sir Alex Ferguson's United sides on both occasions.
Ferguson's United teams included world-class talents like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic.
Both of Guardiola's Champions League-winning sides were revered, but he believed that Scholes would be a valuable acquisition to Barcelona.
When asked which United player he would sign if he had the opportunity, Guardiola told Sky Sports: "From Manchester? Paul Scholes.
"I would like to have this player with us."
Fortunately for Guardiola, he crossed paths with both Scholes and Giggs in the Champions League when he played for Barcelona.
Speaking ahead of the 2011 final, the Manchester City boss hailed the 46-year-old former England international the "best midfielder of his generation."
Guardiola told reporters at a press conference: "Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes -- he is the best midfielder of his generation.
"I would have loved to have played alongside him."
Scholes built an incredible legacy during his 20-year playing career at Old Trafford and is widely considered as one of the best midfielders of all time.
The former United midfielder lifted a whopping 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, three FA Cups and two League Cups.
Scholes later admitted that it was "nice" to hear praise from legendary figures like Xavi, Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane.
"Of course, when you hear people say that, it's nice, isn't it?" he told United's official podcast.
"These really were the best players, Xavi, Zidane... Guardiola was brilliant as well at Barcelona. So, it's obviously nice."
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