Fergie dismisses Sneijder’s ability to replace Scholes

Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that Wesley Sneijder, who was linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer, is not an ideal replacement for Paul Scholes.

The Premier League champions were said to be in the market for a new playmaker after the former England man’s retirement, but the Scottish manager has distanced himself from a move for the Inter midfielder.

“Sneijder is not the ideal replacement for Scholes. He’s a fantastic player but he was not who we were looking for to replace Scholes. Only Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta are comparable to Scholes,” the manager told Inside United.

The Red Devils did not add a central midfielder to their squad during the transfer window, but Sir Alex was full of praise for Anderson, who will take on more responsibility in Scholes’ absence.

“He has been tremendous. He’s had a couple of long-term injuries which haven’t helped him, but in the last year or so, he’s steered clear of injury.

“That means he’s training every day so his fitness levels are much better. He is maturing so you can see the consistency in his game,” he concluded.

The failure to strengthen in the centre of the park has also saw youngster Tom Cleverley progress through to the starting XI for United, who recently received his first England call up.