David Beckham says Wesley Sneijder is the man to fill the boots of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, as Sir Alex Ferguson scours the market for a successor to the retired midfielder.
Scholes, who hung up his boots in May after 17 seasons at Old Trafford, has left manager Sir Alex Ferguson with a mission to replace the man Zinedine Zidane called ‘undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation’.
But fellow United legend Beckham backs Sneijder to be the man to step into the place vacated by Scholes. “To replace Scholesy, they’re going to have to get someone special,” Beckham said.
“There’s a lot of talk about Sneijder and he’s such a talented player, I’m sure he would fit right into a Manchester United team.
“He could do a job there, without a doubt. Scholesy is the one player they want to replace. He was such a great talent and he will be missed.”
Another Old Trafford hero that needed replacing this summer was goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar when the 40 year-old retired after six seasons with United.
But Ferguson has acted quickly to bring in Spain’s Under 21 European Champion David De Gea from Atletico Madrid.
Despite the pressure of replacing van der Sar, Beckham believes that De Gea’s experience in La Liga will serve as a great introduction to a successful career at United.
“I’ve seen them bring in the young keeper, with great experience of playing in La Liga,” Beckham added. “He’s got a huge space to fill because Van der Sar was so successful, but I don’t think that will be a problem.
“He’s played at a good level in Spain and let’s hope he does well because United have always had good keepers.”