The Frenchman, now director of football for New York Cosmos, returns to the club where he was idolised by supporters during his illustrious five-year stint at United for Paul Scholes' all-star testimonial match on Friday.
And in tune with Scholes, Cantona has joined the chorus of praise for the Dutch international as United's interest in the midfielder intensifies ahead of the new season.
The man who could be King: Cantona says Manchester United target Sneijder reminds him of himself
Scholes described the midfielder as 'brilliant' on Tuesday, and Cantona reckons Sneijder is the best possible replacement for the retired star.
'He is what Manchester United needs. There's no-one like him right now,' said Cantona, speaking at the launch of a book celebrating the inconic US side he now works for.
'He's strong. Sometimes he reminds me of myself.'
Sneijder has refused to rule out a move to the Barclays Premier League champions. The 27-year-old is in China for this weekend's Super Coppa Italian curtain-raiser against AC Milan.
Back in town: Cantona, flanked by Brazilian legend Pele, is in Manchester representing New York Cosmos ahead of Friday's testimonial at Old Trafford for Paul Scholes
Inter have maintained that Sniejder is their player although it is thought that the only stumbling block potentially preventing his move to United - who have until the end of the month to strike a deal - is his ?250,000-a week wages.
The Serie A side's new coach Gian Piero Gasperini insists he is planning for life with the midfielder.
He said: 'He's playing for us, training with us and he'll play on Saturday. There is no Sneijder problem.'
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