Wesley Sneijder has told new Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek that “English football suits him better than Spanish football”.
Van de Beek became United’s first summer arrival last week after signing a five-year contract with the option of an additional year following his £34.6m transfer from Ajax.
The Dutchman was widely expected to join Real Madrid this summer and his agent confirmed Arsenal and Barcelona were among the clubs vying for his signature.
“There were more clubs with interest, such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal — but it all came to an end because of the coronavirus.
“They [Arsenal] really wanted him — they just couldn’t get the money for a transfer. Even the biggest clubs struggle. Arsenal is a great club, but United will certainly be an interesting adventure.”
“Now is the right time,” the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan told Voetbal International. “Manchester United is a fantastic club and I think he is a better fit there too. English football suits him better than Spanish football.
“He is a complete player. I really like his running actions. He is someone who makes space, has a lot of depth and always looks for the right moments to go deep.
“He is always in the right place and always keeps playing football.”