OPINION: Do United need Robben?

According to ESPN, Louis van Gaal would be interested in signing Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben for Manchester United, should he be named the new manager of the club. The 30-year-old recently signed a new deal with the Bundesliga champions which would keep him in Germany until the summer of 2017. ESPN suggests that United could offer Bayern Munich £25 million to sign the winger.

Robben currently plays for the Netherlands, under the rule of Van Gaal, but their relationship goes back even further as it was the Dutch manager who purchased Robben for Bayern Munich back in the summer of 2009 when he left Real Madrid. ESPN continued to suggest that Van Gaal is expected to be handed a £200 million war chest in order to strengthen the United squad, who have had their worst season in 27 years. It should be questioned if a player of Robben’s calibre would sign for United without the club in next seasons UEFA Champions League. According to the Daily Mail, Robben, talking about Van Gaal recently said:

“I owe Van Gaal a lot – he really helped me as a player. I was not always playing for Bayern – but still he continued to pick me for the national team.

“That faith he showed in me helped me as a player – and then I went on to play some of the best football of my career for Bayern.

“I was not a special case – he shows faith in all of his players – and that is one of the reasons why players want to play for him – and why they like to play for him.

“There is something about going into a Van Gaal dressing room and training sessions – there is a positive vibe and a warmth to the place.

“He creates a special environment for his players – and Manchester United will be very fortunate to have him as their coach.”


Robben’s comments do not seem to rule out a move to United, should Van Gaal be named as the new manager during the off-season. Robben is a great player, but I feel it would be a risky buy, since he did not really prove himself in the Barclays Premier League when he was playing for Chelsea, where he made 67 appearances and scored 15 goals. The Dutch winger is also known for his injury problems, something we have seen enough of at Old Trafford during the last few seasons, and to be paying £25 million for a 30-year-old, who has had injury problems and offers no resale value would be risky.

I think United should be looking at other players in the same position as Robben, Marco Reus for example would be great purchase for United. The Borussia Dortmund winger has been linked to a move to the Theatre of Dreams for the last few months, and Bild reported last week that United had made the first step to sign the talented German. Robben is a brilliant winger, but he would be too expensive and age is catching up with him, but he could be an impact signing like Robin van Persie was the summer before last. United’s squad is already starting to show its age, so it is imperative that the club start looking for some younger players to add to the squad, or if that fails, it will be time to blood in players like Jesse Lingard and Tom Lawrence, both have something to offer.

By Anders Muren

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