Could acquiring Sneijder cause a dressing-room rift at United?

The Dutchman and Manchester United would make a good fit, but history suggests he is not compatible with one of the club's best players…

According to various tabloid reports, the long-standing Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United transfer speculation may, this upcoming window, be more than just copy-filler in newspapers. Since the playmaker's superlative-strewn season with Internazionale in 2010, the Old Trafford have long been associated with a swoop for the now 29-year-old oft regarded to be the heir to the throne vacated by Stretford legend Paul Scholes.

Valued at £15m by, Sneijder would provide a medium-term and financially-prudent solution to a much-needed position in United's starting XI and has been linked with a move away from Galatasaray since the summer.

However, while he and United would be a good fit, his addition to the dressing-room could cause a rift, if his past history with star striker Robin van Persie is anything to go by.

On international duty at the European Championships in 2008, there were rumours Sneijder and van Persie fell out on the training ground due to a robust challenge from the latter onto the former.

Their arguments eventually became obvious on the pitch when van Persie took - and then missed - a free-kick when Sneijder believed he was responsible for dead-ball situations. Van Persie even insinuated his compatriot lacked 'class' when Sneijder expressed his unhappiness in the media.

Two years later, van Persie had to deny that he told then manager Bert van Maarwijk that it was not he who should have been replaced during a 2-1 win over Slovakia, but Sneijder.

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