Although not an exact match, many fans are happy to see Tom Cleverley be given a chance in midfield, the type he may not have been afforded had we signed Sneijder whilst Sir Alex himself alluded to Sneijder stunting the growth of another burgeoning talent in Paul Pogba.
There is no United fan in the world that isn’t happy to see Sir Alex give youth a chance but the signing of Sneijder has got an endorsement from an unlikely source as former youth coach Eric Harrison has given his approval of United making a move for Sneijder.
Speaking to the MEN, Harrison sang Sneijder’s praise anointing him as the man that could help United and Sir Alex to another treble,
“Last year I’ve got to say the build-up was so slow, painfully slow but so far this season the tempo is up 30 to 40 per cent. It’s brilliant that they’re playing quicker, United-style football.
“In the Community Shield City couldn’t get near us as we were playing our one-twos and keeping our discipline when they tried to bully us.
“We’re not as good as the ‘99 team as yet but the style is similar with so many strikers competing for two positions and the speed of the build up.
“People have a go at Berbatov but I think he has great control and awareness and for me he’s a top player.
“There is plenty of time for Fergie to get another treble but maybe not this season.
“The boss may be coming up to 70 but he will go on until he’s 90.
“Daydreaming I’m thinking that with a controlling midfielder another treble is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Harrison was then asked who that player could be and with Sneijder’s name suggested he curtly replied; “He’ll do.”