Sneijder was not what Man Utd were looking for

United were linked with a move for the Holland international throughout the summer, following Paul Scholes’ retirement.

Ferguson told Il Corriere dello Sport: “Sneijder is not the ideal replacement for Scholes. He is a fantastic player, but not what we were looking for.

“Only [Barcelona’s] Xavi and Iniesta can be compared to Scholes.”