Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder

Manchester United’s desperate need to strengthen in the middle of the park is well-known, and at this point, almost any midfielder who can claim Champions League quality will do, especially if they can offer the Red Devils some refreshing vibrancy going forward.

Rather surprisingly however, this requirement has seen them linked once again with former target Wesley Sneijder, who has been tipped for a move to Old Trafford for the vast majority of his latter career, especially in the final years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure.

But the iconic Scot clearly had his reservations regarding the Netherlands international, in no small part due to his hefty wage demands which also instigated his departure from Inter Milan in January 2013.

On top of that however, the one-time World Cup finalist is now 29 years of age, and plying his trade with Galatasaray. Sneijder’s doing his best to prove he’s still got it, claiming seven goals in 18 appearances so far this season for the Turkish champions, including two in the Champions League.

But his biggest asset in comparison to United’s other attacking midfield targets remains his experience, which is probably the one thing the Red Devils don’t need right now.

What they do need is some youthful legs and lots of attacking optimism, not a mercenary veteran who will leave the Premier League Champions in the same position they’re in now a few years down the line.