Ferdinand rues United decision not to pay up for Arjen Robben

Sneijder, Robben and De Jong Netherlands

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand still rues United’s decision not to sign Dutch star Arjen Robben in 2003.

Former Chelsea star Arjen Robben has been one of the stars of the World Cup so far, scoring three goals and breaking running speed records.

The 30-year-old just appears to be getting better with age, and his wizardry for the Dutch national team have had pundits worldwide purring every time he embarks on a mazy run.

One man who has been singing his praises is former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, and the 35-year-old has been telling reporters how he still rues United missing out on his signature more than ten years ago.

“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 said, quoted by the Daily Mail.

“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 £5 million, and Sir Alex was always determined he wouldn’t over-pay for any player. When that was rejected, Chelsea paid something like £12 million.”

What was the Red Devils’ loss was certainly Chelsea’s gain, as Arjen Robben became a key player for The Blues during their back-to-back title victories under boss Jose Mourinho.

Robben went on to represent the Stamford Bridge outfit 105 times in all competitions, scoring 19 times before moving on to Real Madrid and later Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

And now it looks like he is set to take the World Cup by storm. So for United fans, they might always rue their decision not to pay up for this Flying Dutchman.

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