Dutch master can fill the hole left by Scholes

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes that Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder could fit in perfectly at Old Trafford.

Sneijder, 27, has been linked with a £35 million move to United for the better part of six months and based on his style of his play, Neville can understand why.

"Sneijder is somebody that could definitely play at United with his style of play," Neville said.

"He is a player with great football intelligence. He knows where to be, he can pass, he can score and take up positions on the pitch that are difficult to mark. He is definitely someone who has played at the top level with Real Madrid and Inter Milan, so coming to Manchester United wouldn’t faze him."

The Dutch international has been tipped to succeed Paul Scholes in running United's midfield after Scholes announced his retirement in May.

Although Neville believes that a player like Scholes can never be replaced, he said that United will find a way to continue their success with other players.

"You are never going to replace someone like Paul Scholes like for like because he was an absolutely brilliant footballer, but in the past the club has had to replace the likes of Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel and they have always done it a different way," he added.

"Roy Keane left and Michael Carrick came in, Eric left and Teddy Sheringham came in. It is very difficult to produce a like-for-like replacement for this type of player but you always find a way and the club will continue to be successful using players of different capabilities to Paul Scholes."

Neville was also quick to say that United are more than capable of producing a replacement for Scholes, regardless of whether Sneijder signs.

"As a fan I would love to see the manager bring in brilliant players from all around the world," Neville continued.

"The way I look upon it at the moment if Wesley Sneijder was to come in then that would be a great signing, but on the other hand I am sure that there will be another young player coming through the ranks if Wesley Sneijder doesn't sign for the club. At this moment in time he hasn't signed for United, so I am sure a number of clubs would like him."

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