Manchester United have once again been linked with Wesley Sneijder, but sarcasm aside, would you actually take him right now. The fact that he is still a step up from our current midfield despite being 29, really says a lot for the sad state of affairs that is the midfield at the club right now. United currently have Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini, neither of which have stood up when needed during the time where Michael Carrick has been sidelined. The club have tried to solve the midfield crisis over the years, but have never managed to find that right fit, and for the time being Sneijder is that.
The Dutch midfielder, who signed for Turkish giants Galatasaray last January has made 29 appearances for his new club, scoring nine goals, which is not bad considering. He has also made six appearances for the Netherlands, scoring once in the last two seasons. He had been plagued by injury, but seems to be overcoming that, but still he is an upgrade. United have been struggling to score goals this season, especially from midfield. In all of the 40 goals that have been scored this season from the FA Community Shield until the last match against Newcastle United on Saturday, 40 goals have been scored, seven of those have come from the midfield and considering United’s midfield used to create and score on a regular occasion, it is time to find a quick fix.
Although Sneijder is cup tied for the UEFA Champions League, he will be eligible to play in the Barclays Premier League, Capital One Cup (should United progress next week) and the FA Cup, which is good enough in my opinion. The Dutch international has a release clause in his Galatasaray contract which would allow him to leave if a bid of £13 million is received. Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has been linked with Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young over recent months, and a possible player plus cash deal might be beneficial for the former Manchester City manager. Imagine replacing Ashley Young with Wesley Sneijder!
The fact that Ashley Young has not featured much under David Moyes this season, suggests that he may not be in his plans to take the squad forward. The emergence of Adnan Januzaj and the fact he still has to fit Wilfried Zaha into the team, suggest that the England midfielder could be surplus to requirements, which will be welcome news for some, as his diving is getting to be a bit much, and he really does not offer much to the squad apart from the fact he is English.
Mancini is currently at his limit for foreign players at the club, so if Sneijder was to leave and say Young was to arrive, there would be no further problems in that respect, and he was after the player before Sir Alex Ferguson struck a deal to bring the player from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011, so the rumours could be true, I hope.
By Paul Bienkowski
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