Manchester United and right-wingers have been a problem recently. The club has struggled for any consistency in that area of the field in quite some time, although over the years, we’ve had our fair share of superstars over on that side of the field.
If things went our way back in 2004, Old Trafford could have played host to one of the best wingers in the world football over the last decade; Arjen Robben.
In a recent interview, the Dutchman has revealed that he once went to dinner with the great Sir Alex Ferguson, while also taking a tour of the training ground. Robben said that nothing really happened after that, although if it did, the now Bayern Munich played claimed that he would have signed on the dotted line then and there.
“I had a very good conversation with [Ferguson] over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life. 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,” Robben told FourFourTwo, per Sports Mole.
“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’ve got no regrets.”
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Robben would go on to be a real asset for Chelsea for a while, before enjoying success over in the Bundesliga. There is no doubt that Fergie’s trophy haul would have been even more impressive, but you cannot win them all, I suppose.
I know it sounds daft, and Robben is now 34, if we signed him tomorrow he’d probably be the best option we have at right-wing, that’s how drastically bad we’ve been in the transfer market over the last few seasons…