Why Van Gaal should do his utmost to bring Arjen Robben to United

Arjen Robben

Signing Arjen Robben could instantly put Manchester United amongst the title challengers again next year.

It is inevitable that every Dutch player that enjoys a decent game in Brazil will be linked to Manchester United, with the national team's coach Louis van Gaal set to take over at Old Trafford after the tournament finishes.

Though many of them will be making their first steps into international football, there are only two, possibly three if you include Wesley Sneijder, absolutely world class players in their ranks. The first is United's own Robin van Persie, and the second is Arjen Robben, the player Van Gaal should do absolutely whatever it takes to sign by the start of next season.

The Bayern Munich winger is undoubtedly one of the very top wingers around, with only Cristiano Ronaldo comparable to the 30-year-old. He wouldn't be cheap, but the way Van Persie and Robben linked up and destroyed Spain on Friday night, it would be hard to deny their ability to fire the Reds straight back into title contention next year.

Robben would offer a pace and goal threat United haven't had since Ronaldo left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu. Nani at times flirted with turning into a great player, but is far too inconsistent, and has struggled for the last couple of seasons. Robben of course had a spell at Chelsea just under a decade ago, when he displayed similar promise and similar reasons for doubting his ability to fulfil it.

But at Bayern, via a disappointing spell at Real Madrid, Robben has grown up, consistently proving himself one of the Bundesliga's best players. He has a massive 89 goals in 166 games in Germany, better than one every two games, and has reliably been the difference in the most important matches.

This goal threat from the right wing, as well as the ability to settle big games and terrify every left back in the league, would make a huge difference to United's flanks, which were lacking confidence, bravery, and a pacy goal threat in the season just gone.

Considering Robben's age, a transfer may not be beyond the realms of possibility even if Bayern wouldn't wish for him to go. £20-30 million would represent a good fee for the German champs for a 30-year-old, and for United, money well spent for such a player. The chance to play under Van Gaal for the first time in his club career would be a big draw for the former Chelsea winger, as would the chance to partner Robin van Persie up front.

It wouldn't be a long term fix, but Robben still has the ability to play three to four years at the top, while Van Gaal goes about structuring the club for success beyond that.

Just imagine it! Robben, Van Persie, Rooney, and Mata - they would surely represent the best attacking quartet in the league.

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