Sheringham: United will target Sneijder

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Sir Alex Ferguson will renew interest in Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder this summer, according to former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham.

The 27-year-old Dutch international midfielder is a long-term target for the Red Devils, and came close to moving to Old Trafford last summer.

However, after a Premier League switch failed to materialise, Sneijder decided to commit his future to the San Siro, much to the dismay of the reigning English champions.

Twelve months on, and Inter are poised to miss out on qualification for the Champions League after a poor season in Serie A, meaning Sneijder could be made available, and Sheringham believes United will step up their pursuit.

"I think they will, without a doubt," he told the Daily Mail. "The manager tried to sign Sneijder last year and when he likes someone he very rarely lets go of that bone and he will go back in for them.

"He did the same for a lot of players – like Ruud Van Nistelrooy. He had a broken leg when he first went in for him but he went back in for him a year later – it wouldn't surprise me if he goes back in for Sneijder and he finally gets his man."

Failure to sign a midfielder last summer prompted the return of United legend Paul Scholes, who came out of retirement in January to sign a short term deal until the end of the current campaign.

The 37-year-old has been one of the club's standout performers in the latter part of the season, and could sign another one-year extension, following a similar path to fellow Old Trafford veteran Ryan Giggs.

But, Sheringham was quick to point out that the duo will not be able to maintain their high level of performance forever, and so Ferguson must start building for the future.

"Looking back at my career I realised that in the last three or four years I started the campaign very, very well but I couldn't sustain it over a whole season," explained the former England international, who won the treble with United in 1999.

"It petered away long before we even reached March. You only realise after you have retired how much you struggled."

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