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Manchester United legend David Beckham has urged the club to sign Wesley Sneijder to replace the retired Paul Scholes. Sir Alex Ferguson has targeted the Holland playmaker this summer but the move stalled after Inter Milan demanded £35million for their star midfielder. But Beckham, who played for LA Galaxy as they lost to Manchester City 7-6 on penalties on Sunday night, believes his former club should persist with their chase of Sneijder as he is the man capable of filling the gaping hole in United's midfield. "Scholes is the one player they want to replace,' Beckham said. "He is such a great talent and he will be missed. They're going to have to get someone special. There's a lot of talk about Wesley Sneijder. He's such a talented player, a great guy as well. I'm sure he would fit right into a United team."
Patrice Evra thinks Samir Nasri should be the man to fill Scholes' shoes at Old Trafford. The French full-back told The Daily Telegraph: "He said that it’s a privilege that a club like Man United want him, but that he has to think about his future and talk with his agent. I’m not Nasri, I’m not his agent or his dad, but I would definitely tell him to come to Man United. Definitely. I remember I made that little joke saying that he’s a prince now, but if he wants to be the king then he has to join Man United. But that’s the reality and I’ve told him that. I said: 'If you want to win trophies you have to come here.'"
Meanwhile, Joey Barton refuted The Sunday Times' link with United interest on Twitter. "Nice to be linked with some big clubs but I honestly don't want to leave Newcastle. Thanks but no thanks," reports The Daily Express.