Galatasaray player Wesley Sneijder showed exactly why Manchester United have been linked with him for so long this weekend, as he scored two outstanding long-range efforts in a 2-1 win against Fenerbahce.
The Netherlands international has gone on record recently to claim that he was flattered by interest from United boss Louis van Gaal in the summer. But he remained in Turkey – in part due to the presence of Champions League football – and is proving vital in his side’s domestic efforts, too.
The game was scoreless with just two minutes of normal-time remaining, but by the end there had been three goals, including two beauties from Sneijder.
The first was scored in the 88th minute, when the long-term United target fired in a 25-yard effort, but that was just the start, with a second humdinger nestling in the opposite corner just two minutes later.
United are doing fine without Sneijder, with the likes of Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera settling in well. But there is little doubt the Dutchman would have lit up Old Trafford if he ever had arrived as the reports so often suggested.