Premier League - Cantona: Sneijder reminds me of myself
Thu, 04 Aug 07:53:00 2011
United have been linked with a £35 million move for the Netherlands star, but his club Internazionale are loath to sell.
The diminutive playmaker would make an excellent replacement for Paul Scholes, who retired at the end of last season.
Frenchman Cantona, who returns to Old Trafford on Friday for former team-mate Scholes's testimonial, said: "Sneijder is one of the best. He will be great for the team.
"Sneijder is an excellent player. He is what Manchester United needs. There's no one like him right now.
"He's strong. Sometimes he reminds me of myself."
Inter have repeatedly reiterated that former Real Madrid midfielder Sneijder will stay at the Giuseppe Meazza, with coach Gian Piero Gasperini saying this week that he will play in this weekend's Italian Supercoppa match against AC Milan in Beijing.
However Sneijder himself has opened the door to a move to the Premier League champions.
"There is always a chance something will happen - but we will see," he said earlier this week.
Cantona, who retired 14 years ago at the peak of his powers, won four Premier League titles in five years at the Red Devils - including two league and FA Cup Doubles. He is regarded as a legend at the club.
He is now director of soccer at New York Cosmos, who will face a United XI on Friday. Cantona will manage the Cosmos for the match.
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