In the Premier League era, Manchester United like every other club have been linked with a lot of players in the build-up to and during transfer windows. Most of the time it is hard to establish which rumors are genuine and which ones are just made up by an over-elaborate journalist looking for some attention. However, there are some rumors that are widely known to be true and when you look back you realize just how different history could have been if a player had made a different decision.
Manchester United are generally linked with more high profile players. Their transfer rumors get a lot more media attention than most other clubs. So, here are my top five players I would have loved to have seen play at Manchester United in the Premier League era:
5) Arjen Robben
Robben signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from PSV Eindhoven after reportedly having a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson in January of that year. It was widely known that Robben was being closely followed by United for a long time and for Chelsea to come in and snatch him from their grasps hurt at the time.
After leaving Chelsea with two Premier League titles, he had a failed spell with Real Madrid and eventually came back to haunt United in the Champions League quarter finals in 2010, scoring a phenomenal volley to knock them out for current side Bayern Munich. However, since Robben turned down United, the Red Devils have won four Premier League titles, a Champions League and three League Cups so it’s not like they have been without success.
Who knows how Robben would have developed as a player at United and at what rate because it’s quite clear that he is a fine winger on his day.
4) Gabriel Batistuta
Sir Alex was a long-time admirer of ‘Batigol’ during the 1990s and there’s no doubt the Argentinian would have been a huge success at the club. Diego Maradona called him ‘the best all round striker of his generation’ and it would be hard to disagree. He is still Argentina’s record goal scorer and if it wasn’t for his love for Italian football, Batistuta would probably have been seen in a United shirt. If he had signed for United, they would have had one of the most lethal strike-forces to ever be seen in the Premier League. It would have been fantastic to see him play in England but in the end it just wasn’t to be.