Can 'interested' Dutch midfielder still add value at Manchester United?

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Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder claims it would be hard to turn down Louis Van Gaal should a transfer to Old Trafford become a possibility.

Netherland’s midfielder Wesley Sneijder has today admitted he would consider a move to Manchester United if Louis van Gaal made an approach for his services.

Sneijder has consistently been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and was apparently very close to a move last summer, but he remains in Turkey with Turkish outfit Galatasaray, where he says he is happy.

The 30-year-old is managed by Van Gaal at international level and he says he could finally join the Red Devils should the Dutch boss come calling.

“In the Netherlands, Van Gaal is something like the head teacher of a school,” he said.

“Not everyone is lucky enough to get into his good books.

“He trains his players very hard and always expects the highest standards.

“I am happy at Galatasaray, I have established myself at the club and have settled in.

“However, if Van Gaal were to make me an offer, I would have to at least consider it. Nobody from the Netherlands can simply reject Van Gaal.”

Sneijder has been heavily involved during Holland’s World Cup campaign, featuring at the heart of Van Gaal’s midfield in wins against Spain and Australia.

  TeamPosGoal AssistTotal Att AssistShot Acc (%)Pass Acc (%)Final 3rd Pass Succ (%)TouchesDribble Succ (%)Won TackleAppsMins
Wesley Sneijder Netherlands MF 1 5 20.00 77.11 73.33 108 100.00 0 2 180

Sneijder's attacking qualities from midfield would be welcomed by the Old Trafford faithful who have been looking for a creative spark since Paul Scholes' retirement.

The 30-year-old has played five key passes in total, just one less than the Netherland’s most creative asset, Daley Blind. He has also completed an impressive 100% of his attempted dribbles.

With a total 108 touches, he has been heavily involved throughout his side’s successful group stage experience, and he could prove an important asset as the competition starts to heat up.

His performance versus the Aussies this afternoon proved less impressive than his display against Spain. Having accumulated 65 touches, he fashioned two scoring opportunities, yet he failed to hit the target with a single attempt on goal.

He is clearly valued highly by Louis Van Gaal, who could finally convince him to make a long-awaited switch to Old Trafford, and although he claims he is happy at Galatasaray, he could be tempted by the challenge of Premier League football.

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