Meulensteen: Man United tried to sign Arjen Robben under Ferguson

The former Manchester United coach also said he wouldn't be surprised if the club tried to sign him.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has said the club tried to sign Arjen Robben when he was a part of Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff at Old Trafford.

Meulensteen was talking to TalkSport amid rumours that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is interested in taking the Dutch winger to Old Trafford.

Robben, who spent time in the Premier League at Chelsea before moving to Real Madrid, ended up signing for Bayern in 2009. He worked under Louis van Gaal at the Bundesliga club - which included a period where Robben scored the winning goal to knock United out of the Champions League en route to the final in 2010.

Meulensteen said: “I’m sure Van Gaal would love to take Arjen Robben to Manchester United. That’s not a surprise.

“When I was at Manchester United, we looked at that possibility for a few years, but then he signed for Bayern Munich. He’s been happy ever since and had a lot of success there."

Robben has been in impressive form for the Netherlands on their run to the World Cup semi-final, where they will face Argentina this evening, and the 30-year-old seems to have thrived under van Gaal.

It is unsurprising that there have been rumours surrounding Robben's future and that he could link up with his national boss after their participation in Brazil but given his current form, one would think Bayern Munich are going to be reluctant to let him go.

Given Manchester United's spending so far this summer, approximately £30 million each on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, they've shown they aren't afraid to pay top dollar to land their targets.

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