Manchester United Football Club and their fans have been extremely fortunate over the years. Being able to witness world-class players working miracles week-in-week-out is a special privilege.
However, not all transfer moves work in our favour, that’s just the nature of the footballing business. One man whom the Red Devils had the opportunity to sign is Arjen Robben, but for whatever reason, Sir Alex Ferguson opted not to sign the Dutchman, who has gone on to achieve absolutely everything in the game.
How do we know this? Well, the man himself has spoken, and in an interview, he has confirmed that he met Fergie about the possibility of joining Manchester United. However, no offer came his way and eventually he headed to Chelsea; where he’d work with Jose Mourinho.
“I had a very good conversation with him (Ferguson) over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life.” Robben told FourFourTwo, per Sky Sports News.
“I also went and had a good look around the training ground and everything was good, but after I went back to PSV nothing happened.”
“There was no real contact and the deal didn’t happen. PSV were also negotiating with Chelsea at that time, so maybe they offered PSV more money? I don’t really know.”
“I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans. We had one meeting and everything was done pretty quickly.”
“Had Manchester United offered me a deal straight after I met them, I would have signed there, but it didn’t happen and I have got no regrets.”
It’s a shame that we never signed Robben. I’ll never forget that goal he scored against us to knock United out of the Champions League at Old Trafford. It’s certainly fair to say that he got his revenge in the best way possible.
Even now though, in the latter stages of his outstanding career, he’s still winning silverware at every single turn. He’s just one of those players who’ll go down in history as a legend of the game, and having him on one side of the field with Cristiano Ronaldo on the other would have been a truly frightening prospect for opposing teams…