United morning news: Midfielder says Old Trafford move unlikely; RvP hit hard by Ferguson exit

A select round-up of the latest news relating to Manchester United

Reported long-term Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder has been speaking about the ongoing rumours in an interview with AMK.

In quotes later published by the Express, the Netherlands international said, “It is great to hear that van Gaal is interested in me, he is a footballing genius.

“However, I doubt Manchester United could tempt me from leaving Galatasaray right now, I don’t see it happening.”

That is no surprise given the attacking quality now present at Old Trafford. Sneijder may be a regular in the gossip columns but surely that ship has well and truly sailed after the likes of Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera arrived at the club to join Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata and all.

No, what United need now is defensive-minded players, and plenty of them.

In other news, ESPN reports that United striker Robin van Persie was hit hard by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

The former Arsenal player has been unable to replicate his form under the legendary Scotsman since he departed and speaking to MUTV, ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed the impact it had on the Dutchman.

“The person it hit more than anyone was Robin. He’d come the year before, tasted that success and wanted more.

“Visually you could see it him harder than anyone else at the time.”

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