Last summer saw Sir Alex start a courtship with Wesley Sneijder that seemed destined to end in the sun setting on the Dutchman’s Inter Milan career.
Even Wesley Sneijder himself admitted that he expected to have been playing at Old Trafford this season, but United were unwilling to match the wages he enjoys in Italy.
However the inability of Sir Alex & co to source a suitable replacement for Paul Scholes, demonstrated by him being forced to ask Scholes to come out of retirement, may mean that United now have little alternative but to stump up the cash for Sneijder.
Teddy Sheringham for one, quoted in The Mail, believes that United will re-enter negotiations with Sneijder come the summer:
‘The manager tried to sign Sneijder last year and when he likes someone he very rarely lets go of that bone and he will go back in for them.”
United have to find a credible replacement for Scholes this summer, and Snejider looks to be the best replacement available.
The Dutchman is a proved performer at the very highest level, demonstrated by his staring role in Inter Milan’s 2010 Champions League win. Sneijder is equally adept at playing precise passes to unlock the tightest of defense with either foot and wonderfully technically gifted. He also possess both the strength and speed required in England’s top division.
At 27 years old Sneijder should be entering the prime of his career but instead a terrible season for Inter Milan means if the midfielder wants to play in the Champions League next season he’ll be forced to move elsewhere. The promise of Champions League football could see Sneijder accept slightly lower wages to challenge for the games top honours.
If Wesley Sneijder and Manchester United wish to remain at the forefront of European football they may need each other,
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