Arjen Robben has hailed his Holland team-mate Wesley Sneijder as the best player in the world - and claimed he is the only player who can replace Paul Scholes at Manchester United.
The pair will look to help the Dutch win the World Cup for the first time when they take on Spain in the final at Soccer City on Sunday night.
Reports have linked Sneijder with a move to Old Trafford, although he himself has insisted he intends to stay at the San Siro. But Robben believes the Inter Milan midfielder is the ideal player to inherit the mantle of 35-year-old Scholes.
The Bayern Munich winger told the Daily Star Sunday: "Sneijder for me is the best player in the world over the last 12 months. (Lionel) Messi is clearly a fantastic talent but it's almost too easy to say he is the best now.
"I personally think there is a very good chance he will join Man United.
"I am a big admirer of Paul Scholes, he is one of the best players of his generation and I honestly think Sneijder is the only player in the world capable of replacing him."