Transfer Targets: Comparing Sneijder & Schweinsteiger

By on July 8, 2011

Every Manchester United fan have their favourite as to who they would like to see brought in to the United midfield to replace the almost irreplaceable Paul Scholes, and I’m sure Sir Alex Ferguson also has his favourite for the job too, especially as it is such a vital role in the United team. There are only a handful of player to choose from however – a select few players who are considered to have the quality needed to take on the task of pulling the strings in a Manchester United side fighting to be the best in the world.

Two players who are said to be close to the top of Manchester United’s wish-list are Wesley Sneijder and Bastian Schweinsteiger – two players who are very close in age, and most probably soon to reach the peak of their footballing careers. Both are attack minded midfield players, who are both proven on the world stage, playing their football over the past nine years with the biggest football clubs in the Europe. But which player would be the most suitable of choices for Manchester United? In this article, I will compare the two in an attempt to discover the answer to this very expensive question.

Lets start with the basics. Wesley Sneijder is an attacking midfielder and turned 27 last month. He is the product of the highly successful youth academy of Ajax, which has produced previous footballing legends including Johan Cruijff, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, and the former Arsenal striker, Dennis Bergkamp, so we know that Sneijder has been taught well. In fact, the philosophy of the Ajax youth academy is to play attractive, offensive-minded, creative, fast and fair football – preferably far away from the own goal on the opponents’ half, which is very much Manchester United’s style at times.

Bastian Schweinsteiger can play in a similar position to Sneijder – centrally, but has been deployed primarily on the wings throughout his career, though it is this versatility that marks him out as a top player, and he is soon to turn 27. The German international has been at Bayern Munich ever since he turned professional in 2002, after graduating from the Bayern youth set-up. Whilst Manchester United have never seen a German play a role in their side, they have had a Bayern Munich youth academy graduate in Owen Hargreaves grace the midfield – perhaps as he has now left, United will bring in another in Schweinsteiger.

Both players had very successful World Cups last year, playing in the central role that United are looking for in their team, but Sneijder and Schweinsteiger have been the creative forces behind their respective clubs for a while. Statistics are not what football is all about, but looking at the stats for these two players over the years proved some interesting viewing.

Conveniently, the two midfielder’s began their careers in football in the same season – 2003/04, – so there is a more balanced comparison when it comes to their appearances, goals and assists. Over the past nine seasons, Schweinsteiger has played the more games, with 348 appearances to Sneijder’s 325, however, you may take into consideration Sneijder’s moves to different clubs, as well as his period at Real Madrid, when he wasn’t always a regular starter.

In the goals scored section, there is one clear winner in Wesley Sneijder, as the 83 career goals for the Dutchman is more than double that of the German’s 40. But goals were not Schweinsteiger’s game for a long period in which he was played on the wing, as he was the creator instead, and as a result has managed 72 career assists compared to Sneijder’s 19 (although assists in 5 years at Ajax have for some reason not been recorded).

Now, how do they fit in Manchester United’s side? As mentioned before, they both occupy that central midfield role – an advanced role, similar to that of Paul Scholes earlier in his career. Schweinsteiger played in a more defensive role in the World Cup – a holding role, which again emphasises his versatility, but with United, he would be more likely to be deployed in a more advanced role, which would see him play as a classic box-to-box midfielder.

Sneijder is a great passer of the ball, and someone with a very quick thinking and visionary mind on the football pitch. He can play with both feet which is a useful, and unpredictable advantage to have, and as mentioned before, he scores goals from the midfield, as well as creates them, mainly thanks to his set piece delivery and fierce shot.

Both players are known for their stunning set-piece deliveries – particularly Schweinsteiger, whose direct play also showcases some thunderous shots from long range, which are incredibly accurate. Sneijder also shares the powerful shot, and both are also very energetic and most importantly, creative.

What of their chances to join? Well, Schweinsteiger, my favourite for the job would apparently cost in the region of £30 million, on wages of around £150,000 per week, which is certainly manageable for United, however it is his recently signed contract, running until 2016 which marks any deal quite unlikely.

Sneijder on the other hand has by no means committed himself fully to Inter Milan, and the Inter manager has recently told of the possibility of Sneijder leaving in the summer, saying that he may soon become available for transfer. The Dutchman would cost a whopping £35-40 million plus apparent £200,000 a week in wages, which over four years could end up totalling over £80 million.

While Schweinsteiger seems to me the most natural of replacements for Paul Scholes, Sneijder is certainly both the fans favourite and the media’s favourite, with constant rumours linking him to a move to United. It is very difficult to believe much you read at this time of the year, but it does seem a certainty that United will be recruiting a new midfielder. Whether it be Samri Nasri from Arsenal, Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern or Wesley Sneijder from Inter, we will just have to wait and see.

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28 Comments

  1. kurgan moses

    July 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    i wil luv to c bastian schwanstiger at old trafford ahead of sneider who is injury prone

    • Tochukwu thaddeus

      July 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      My vote goes to Batista swernstinger his versatility can neva be compare wit Sneider’s own. So pls Sir, if am to say i wil said dat u should go 4 Batista swernstinger. He is d one dat d cap fit.

  2. DIKE CHIMEZIE,KADUNA,NIGERIA.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    SAF MUST GET US SCHWESTINGER IF REALLY HE IS AVAILABLE COS HE WILL BE THE PERFECT ANSWER TO OUR MIDFIELD WORRIES.HE HAS IT ALL & IS BETTER THAN SNEIDER IN ALL ASPECT,HE GOT MY VOTE.

  3. ajayi itopa kenny

    July 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Isn’t sneidjer d best creative midfielder in d world?

  4. GMO Abuja NIgeria

    July 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    He is the man bastian schwanstiger, Sir go and get him.

  5. Segun faniyi

    July 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I’ll love to see wesley at united

  6. shantanu nostalgic

    July 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Wesley is the best choice as a CM…

    Bastien likes to play more on the right…..highly unlikely for him to come anyway….

    PLEASE BRING WESLEY….

    • b s

      July 9, 2011 at 12:45 am

      nope. schweinsteiger plays in the middle.

  7. Kev

    July 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Nasri

  8. Firdaus Bin Omar

    July 8, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Just buy both players. They can complement each other.

  9. biccies

    July 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    i love them both but the one i a gunning for is nasri

  10. yusuf ramkoleea

    July 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    SAF plz get the two players in united squad.coz they r world class player.NASRI AND SNEIJDER

  11. musan D/ma katsina

    July 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    to me sneijdar is more preferrable

  12. ilori faith

    July 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    SAFshd go 4 both schweinstiger and nasri.iwould luv 2 see them both at old traford

  13. Stephen sang

    July 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I thing both nasri and sneider are de possible replacement 4 scoles

  14. Lucas

    July 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Nasri he is used epl.

  15. Manc for life

    July 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Why do all our fans seem to get on this Sneider bandwagon as good as he is he is not worth 200k for a starting salary he doesn’t defend and will take away from utd(rooney’s linking of midfield and strikers) We need the German as our defensive midfielder (role he played in world cup for germany) absolute class (vorsprung durch technik-advancement through technology) I believe this signing would be like getting another giggs in his prime. Then when nasri to the end of his arsenal contract he will sign in jan with maybe rodwell on his way also.. I believe the signing of an ex-target from last season would go down well now Douglas Costa the brazilian who plays for Shaktar Donesk with his impressive first season with them in europe caught the eye of many a european suitor the kid is like looking at a modern day Garrincha…

  16. Jide Adebiyi

    July 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Give us German man if he is available. Though Snedger would have been the most ideal man but he may cause distractions in the dressing room. So therefore go for Bayern munchen man.

  17. man u till i die

    July 9, 2011 at 12:08 am

    all about sneijder the worlds beest midfielder

  18. b s

    July 9, 2011 at 12:45 am

    do your research before you write an article. bastian has said many many times that he likes to play in defensive midfield because he hates when opposition get a shot on goal. it took him years to develop and be placed in central midfield and he is class.
    AND he just signed a contract extension to 2016. he wants to win the CL WITH BAYERN. these rumors are ridiculous and no, it would cost man utd 10x his 30m price tag. bayern is not in debt and would have NO REASON to sell.
    it won’t happen. man utd has never been an option for him. he was tempted to join inter prior to extending his contract, but that’s it.
    quit trying to make it happen

  19. secret

    July 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

    de gea

    rafael vidic p.jones p.evra

    Nani SNEIJDER SCHWEINSTEIGER A.young

    chicarito rooney

  20. abdullah

    July 9, 2011 at 2:47 am

    iv always wished to see schweinsteiger in a united shirt. id rather have him over sneijder, mainly because of his versatility and his team play. Also he has a good build and height and is extremely experienced

  21. Jonathan Mwasifiga

    July 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Thaxs our father Fergie Thax for changing our tim like buying Young,Jones&De Gear I will so happy 2 see Sneider or schweinsteiger or modric in red jessy

  22. Tee boy spicy

    July 9, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I will like if fergie can make d both schwenstiger&sneilder 2 be d replacement 4 paul scholes d rsn is dat if any one has injury d other one will be d replacement 4 each other

  23. Tee boy spicy

    July 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I will like if fergie can make d both schwenstiger&sneilder 2 be d replacement 4 paul scholes

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  26. the man

    July 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    schweinsteiger and sneijder buy both..then come on barca 4-3-3 de gea;rafael,rio,vidic,fabio;anderson,schweinsteiger,sneijder;young,rooney,chicha the rito

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