Arjen Robben’s performances under Louis van Gaal at the World Cup were electrifying and although the Dutch winger is happy at Bayern Munich, he considers Manchester United as his ‘first option’ if he were to leave in the future.
Despite being the ripe old age of 31, Robben was unstoppable in Brazil this summer as his pace was frightening and he was a central figure in the Netherlands’ run to the semi-final, where they missed out on a spot in the final thanks to a penalty shoot-out.
Almost inevitably, Robben was linked with a move to Man United in the summer after the appointment of van Gaal and in an excellent interview with the Daily Mail, Robben says he has every confidence he will succeed if given the time.
“I have a lot of confidence he will be a success. He is a coach that needs time, to build his team up. When he qualifies this year for the Champions League – and he has a realistic chance of winning the FA Cup also – if that happens, he has had a great season.
“There can be no criticism. You must not forget where they have come from. Last season was even worse. They played very bad and that is why they are not in Europe. I know Van Gaal’s quality and I know he will get it right.
“The life I have with my family is so good, the team has been successful. That is why I stay. If things were not going so well, if I was not enjoying it, maybe that (joining United) would be the first option (smiles). But he respects my situation. He knows I am happy.”
When United fans think of Robben, haunting memories of his volley in the Champions League at Old Trafford instantly come to mind but you can’t argue about his match winning quality.
It’s probably too late for United to even consider a move for Robben now he’s 31 but the fact he is happy to even mention the idea is a testament to the impact van Gaal has on players he coaches.