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Lewandowski: “I was ready to join Manchester United”

Robert Lewandowski
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The Polish striker is widely considered to be the best striker in world football while at the German giants, however, he nearly joined the Red Devils before making the move to the Allianz Arena.

 

Robert Lewandowski has sensationally said that in 2012 he had talks with then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson over a potential move to the Premier League with Manchester United.

 

The Polish attacker was consistently linked with a transfer to Old Trafford while he was still at Borussia Dortmund where he dominated the German league with trophies in his four seasons. Unfortunately, the move never happened, as Lewandowski then switched to Dortmund’s fierce rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer two years later in 2014.

 

Since the move to the German giants, Lewandowski has gone from strength to strength, scoring a mammoth 266 goals in just 307 matches and topped the scoring charts in the Champions League, Bundesliga, and DFB-Pokal last season as Bayern won the treble.

 

His incredible achievements were officially recognized last week as he was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2020. However, he revealed that his career could have turned out vastly different had Dortmund not stopped him from making the switch to the Premier League.

 

“After my second year in Dortmund, I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Lewandowski told France Football. “He wanted me to come to Manchester. 

 

“I was very interested. I can even say I was ready. But Dortmund didn’t want to let me go. It didn’t upset me more than that because things were going well with Borussia.”

 

Instead, Sir Alex Ferguson signed Dutch striker Robin van Persie from rivals Arsenal before the start of the 2012-13 season and helped Manchester United to another Premier League title in what was Ferguson’s last season as Red Devil’s manager.

 

Lewandowski clearly made the right call. After winning the league title in Ferguson’s last season, United has not reached those heights again with the side struggling to sustain a title challenge since.

 

With his transfer to Bayern, the Polish striker has amassed six Bundesliga titles and last season finally won the Champions League after Bayern defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the final.

 

Lewandowski’s career could have turned out different had he made the move to Old Trafford; however, it seems he has made the right choice as he has catapulted himself into the bracket of the world’s best footballer since making the move to the German champions.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.