Date: 11th August 2011 at 11:53pm
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Wesley Sneijder

The Dutchman won't be coming to Old Trafford


The on/off saga of Wesley Sneijder’s proposed move to Old Trafford seems to be “off” according to the latest reports.

The Dutchman seems to have priced himself out of a move with wage demands that United refuse to meet.

The Daily Mail notes:

“Senior Old Trafford sources told Sportsmail that United have now grown tired of a saga that has dragged on since the end of last season and have decided to pull the plug on the deal.”

“With 27-year-old Sneijder sitting right at the wrong end of United’s age limit for new signings, Ferguson and chief executive David Gill have decided to walk away from a player who was demanding in excess of £200,000-a-week in wages.”

While there can be no denying Sneijder is a world-class player who would have added a great deal to the United side, this isn’t the disaster some would believe.

For starters if Sneijder really did want a move to United, then he would have been able to lower his demands. Secondly, an attacking midfielder is not what’s missing from the United side. Rooney, Tom Cleverley and even Young can all operate in the attacking midfield role.

Finally as the signing of Juan Sebastian Veron showed ten years ago, buying a world class midfielder who’s not used to the Premiership and isn’t necessarily needed can often cause more problems than its worth.

Yes, I would have liked to have seen Sneijder in a Red shirt, but the failure to secure his services shouldn’t detract from the fact the United squad is in great shape.