Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben may be tempted by a move to Manchester United this summer as Carlo Ancelotti looks to promote younger players to his starting XI this season, according to reports.
The Dutchman, now 33, was brought to England by Jose Mourinho in 2004 as a 20-year-old and impressed with his raw power on the left hand side, claiming two Premier League titles before moving to Real Madrid in 2007.
Mourinho, speaking ahead of his side’s 4-0 win over West Ham United, insisted that he still wanted to sign a winger before the window shuts.
And with Ivan Perisic now certainly staying at Inter Milan, Man United could launch a bid for the Dutchman who, according to the Main Online‘s Simon Jones, may fancy a new challenge elsewhere with Ancelotti keen on promoting young players like Kingsley Coman to the starting line-up this season.
Mourinho was the man responsible for propelling Robben – one of the finest wingers of the modern era – to the international spotlight for the very first time 13 years ago, and a re-union at Old Trafford would bring with it an unquestionable feeling of providence.
His recent piece in the Player’s Tribune, where he writes a letter to his 16-year-old self, highlights the Portuguese’s crucial role in laying the path for such a successful career.
“And your boss? His name is José Mourinho,” he begins. “I should prepare you. Because he will expect a lot of you … and of everyone. Right away, you’ll feel the difference in playing for a Premier League club. You’ll need to be tougher, stronger, faster.
“Maybe when the end of your career becomes more and more of a reality … you start thinking about the beginning.
“You’ll have to prove yourself all over again once you get there. And prove yourself to José every single week to stay in the lineup. Look, a lot has been said about José. He’s a strong personality, he’s demanding.
“But ever since you started playing, you’ve been just as demanding of yourself. In a way, it’ll almost seem like a perfect match. He wants to see your very best, each and every day on the pitch. And all you’ll want to give is your best. Whether in training, or in a match.”
Make no mistake: if there is even a minuscule chance of Robben moving to United, the club should throw everything into making that a reality.