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Wesley Sneijder

The Dutch legend has officially announced his retirement from football. And thus ends any speculation of him joining Old Trafford!

I guess the Carrington Bermuda Triangle has finally caught up with him. Ozil and Vidal will be next.

posted on 12/8/19

Apart from the obvious Carrington baloney he really did disapear when it comes down to football relevance.

We dodged a bullet there I feel.

posted on 12/8/19

Glad we got Bale instead. It's a shame that De Gea left though

posted on 12/8/19

comment by Dave Better (U11711)
posted 3 hours, 7 minutes ago
He'd be great at convincing transfer targets about how good our facilities are as he's been spotted around them for decades!
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Good stuff

posted on 13/8/19

After Inter what happened to him? How old is he now? Thought he had retired ages ago.

posted on 13/8/19

United not going to give him a testimonial?

posted on 13/8/19

comment by Vidicschin (U3584)
posted 12 hours, 32 minutes ago
Apart from the obvious Carrington baloney he really did disapear when it comes down to football relevance.

We dodged a bullet there I feel.
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Yeah, interesting looking back on his career. Obviously a phenomenally talented player but one who only seemed to deliver in certain conditions. He looked world class in flashes at Real Madrid but didn't make enough impact to avoid being unceremoniously shipped. Seemed to be the perfect player in the perfect context at Mourinho's Inter - but that's just two or three seasons. Sometimes sublime for the Netherlands. I always liked him more as a player than Arjen Robben (who I hated both for spurning us for the petrodollars and because his face and running style annoyed me) - but in retrospect Robben seems like the stand-out creative player of that Dutch generation in terms of individual achievements.

posted on 13/8/19

Tbf he was pretty instrumental in Jose’s treble season at Inter and also for Holland when they reached the WC final. Was also pretty decent for Real but became a victim of the club wanting fancy new toys. Did seem to move to Turkey a bit too early in his career but still a pretty impressive one.

posted on 13/8/19

comment by manutd1982 (U6633)
posted 1 hour, 8 minutes ago
Tbf he was pretty instrumental in Jose’s treble season at Inter and also for Holland when they reached the WC final. Was also pretty decent for Real but became a victim of the club wanting fancy new toys. Did seem to move to Turkey a bit too early in his career but still a pretty impressive one.
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All that is true. I didn't mean to be dismissive, but rather to note that the very high esteem I (and a lot of us) once held him in may have declined a bit in hindsight. Maybe more of a sense that he could have gone further than he did, given the talent.

In that WC he was excellent but I still think Robben was their most dangerous player. Less talent overall than Sneijder but that combination of pace and world class left foot were an awesome weapon.

posted on 13/8/19

comment by Red Russian (U4715)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by manutd1982 (U6633)
posted 1 hour, 8 minutes ago
Tbf he was pretty instrumental in Jose’s treble season at Inter and also for Holland when they reached the WC final. Was also pretty decent for Real but became a victim of the club wanting fancy new toys. Did seem to move to Turkey a bit too early in his career but still a pretty impressive one.
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All that is true. I didn't mean to be dismissive, but rather to note that the very high esteem I (and a lot of us) once held him in may have declined a bit in hindsight. Maybe more of a sense that he could have gone further than he did, given the talent.

In that WC he was excellent but I still think Robben was their most dangerous player. Less talent overall than Sneijder but that combination of pace and world class left foot were an awesome weapon.
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Robben wasn't less talented than Sneijder. Arjen Robben is the best of his generation for the Dutch. I still remember his debut season for Chelsea where he and Duff where on the wings. Was the most gifted winger I had seen in English football.

comment by RJC (U17308)

posted on 13/8/19

Robben was a joy to watch and only got better with age. Incredible at the 2014 World Cup.

Sneijder spent what are normally conceived as peak years in Turkey. Good player but could have done much more.

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