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Will Manchester United regret missing out on Arjen Robben?

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Arjen RobbenLouis Van Gaal’s arrival at Manchester United has sparked a number of Manchester United transfer rumours. The British Press has had a field day going through players who have previously played underneath Van Gaal and linking them to a move to Old Trafford.

It’s not particularly great journalism, but there have been a number of good players linked to The Red Devils. We’re talking about the kind of players who could put Manchester United back on the pathway to glory.

After a season where United have been seriously off-colour, fans will certainly be hoping that their club brings in an exciting raft of new players. With Louis Van Gaal now in charge, I wouldn’t bet against this happening. He’s certainly a lot more attractive to ambitious footballers than Dithering Dave ever was.

This brings me to The Mirror‘s debunking of Manchester United’s interest in Arjen Robben. Robben and Van Gaal have worked together before, so it didn’t take long for The Press to link them together once again. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that move will go ahead. Check out these quotes from Robben himself:

“Manchester United? That’s not an option. I am staying at Bayern Munich. Period. I had a great time under Van Gaal at Bayern, he has been very important for my career but I am very happy at my current club.” (Source: The Mirror).

He’s not mincing his words is he? It’s clear that he has no interest in a move to Old Trafford.

That’s unfortunate, but it’s not the end of the world for Manchester United. Let’s not forget that Robben is 30-years-old already. Over the next two-or-three years he’s going to become a lot less effective. At this stage in their evolution, The Red Devils need long-term options.

Luckily, they’ve been linked to a number of high-quality options whose names aren’t Arjen Robben. Many of them play for Bayern Munich (Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller) or another Bundesliga club (Mario Gotze). You can bet that Louis Van Gaal also has a lot more targets in mind.

Any of these three options would help to significantly improve this Manchester United side. Who knows? Maybe missing out on Arjen Robben wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

What’s your take? Which midfielders should Manchester United be looking at this summer?

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