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Manchester United: Paul Scholes Gives Nod to Sneijder as "Brilliant" Option

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 30:  Wesley Sneijder of Inter Milan runs with the ball during the Dublin Super Cup match between Celtic and Inter Milan at the Aviva Stadium on July 30, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIAugust 2, 2011

Who will replace the retired Paul Scholes at Old Trafford? Manchester United have spent a lot of money this transfer season answering questions surrounding their squad, but the biggest question that they've faced in about 17 years has yet to be addressed.

There have been a number of rumors however, including Tottenham Hotspurs' Croatian sensation Luka Modric, a number of academy youngsters waiting for their turn in the spotlight, and of course, the rumor that won't go away: Wesley Sneijder.

Last month, Manchester United seemed set to seal the deal with the Internazionale and Holland midfielder, who was the 2010 FIFA Midfielder of the Year. But a reported dispute over wages and contract details resulted in the story going cold. In the aftermath, United boss Alex Ferguson publicly insisted that the club would not be making any more signings this summer.

However, that position has changed, as the club recently suggested that one more major signing could be on the agenda before the transfer window closes.

Could Sneijder be on his way to Manchester to replace Paul Scholes after all? Scholes, who now maintains a position on the coaching staff at Old Trafford, would certainly not object.

"Sneijder's brilliant," Scholes said today. "He's been brilliant for the last year or so with Inter Milan and Holland. I don't think it probably worked out as well as he would have liked at Real Madrid but he's a top player."

Scholes, however, also spoke highly of United's academy options to fill the void.

"We've got a lot of young talent as well, people like Tom Cleverley coming back from Wigan, Paul Pogba's another good player and another good midfielder in the youth team set-up," he told MUTV.

Whatever the case, all the buzz surrounding United is, once again, that a Wesley Sneijder deal is in the works. To fill a gap as substantial as what Scholes left behind, they really couldn't do much better than that.

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