Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has urged Manchester United to sign Wesley Sneijder.

The Inter Milan playmaker was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, before opting to stay at the San Siro instead of making the move to England.

However, the former Dutch international believes it's a player of Sneijder's capabilities which the Red Devils are currently missing, and the performance against Benfica in the Champions League proved it.

"Benfica played well, daring and aggressive. You see even Manchester United struggle and are very dependent on Wayne Rooney," said the Chelsea legend.

"They lack a creative midfielder like Sneijder and he's someone who can take them to another level. Furthermore, Manchester United miss Edwin van der Sar. They miss him organising things in front of him.

"Sir Alex Ferguson recognises this."

Manchester United are again being linked with a handful of attacking midfielders in 2012, including Sneijder, whilst Mario Gotze and Kaka have also been speculatively linked.

Chelsea were also linked with a £40 million move for Sneijder in the British press during his summer of discontent in Italy, but Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas appears to have looked elsewhere in his pursuit of players.

Gullit spent three years at Stamford Bridge, with two of those served as player-manager between 1996 and 1998. He was controversially sacked as Chelsea manager by then chairman Ken Bates.

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