Manchester United were keen to bring Wesley Sneijder to the club this summer but a deal could not be agreed for the player.

Speaking to the Italian media at an awards ceremony at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed that whilst Sneijder is a great player, he’s still not on a level with Paul Scholes, who retired this summer.

At the end of the Champions League final in May, Andres Iniesta was the first to Scholes, asking him to swap shirts. Our manager reckons it is only him, or his team mate Xavi, who would be capable of replacing Scholes.

“Sneijder is not the ideal replacement for Scholes,” said Ferguson. “He’s a fantastic player but he was not who we were looking for to replace Scholes. Only Xavi and Iniesta are comparable to Scholes.”