Rio Ferdinand: Arjen Robben should have been a Man Utd player

Rio Ferdinand admits that he wishes Arjen Robben signed for Manchester United and not Chelsea back in 2004

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben Photo: Back Page Images

Rio Ferdinand admits that he wishes Arjen Robben signed for Manchester United and not Chelsea back in 2004.

The 30-year-old Netherlands international has been in top form for his country at the World Cup, scoring in the victories over Spain and Australia in Brazil.

He should have been a United player. He would have fitted in

Rio Ferdinand

And former United defender Ferdinand has revealed how close the Red Devils came to bringing the winger to Old Trafford 10 years ago before Chelsea snapped him up.

Ferdinand told the Mail on Sunday: “Arjen Robben has been the outstanding player of the tournament for me so far, and not for the first time I’ve being thinking ‘If only…’ about the missed opportunity Manchester United had to sign him when he was young.

“He should have been a United player. He would have fitted in. He had a brilliant breakthrough season with PSV in 2002-03, a campaign in which he turned 19, and Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign him.

“United made a bid of something around £5m, and Sir Alex was always determined he wouldn’t over-pay for any player. When that was rejected, Chelsea paid something like £12m.”

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