Manchester United's midfield problems have been well documented over the past few months, so fans could be forgiven for wondering how the first few months of the post Sir Alex Ferguson era might have panned out, had they completed the signing of the increasingly impressive Dutch international Kevin Strootman.
The 23-year-old - who bears a striking resemblance to Robin van Persie - turned down the advances of the reigning Premier League champions during the summer, in order to sign for Serie 'A' giants AS Roma.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Red Devils were interested in bringing Strootman to Old Trafford during the January transfer window, but once again failed in their pursuit of one of Holland's brightest young talents.
Last night, in Roma's 3-2 Coppa Italia semi-final first leg victory over Napoli at Stadio Olimpico, Strootman scored a stunning long-range goal, straight out of the textbook of his doppelgänger Van Persie.
It will only add to Manchester United fans' frustration that manager David Moyes has twice failed to land the former PSV Eindhoven star, given the impressive impact he continues to make in Italy.
Watch footage of Kevin Strootman's sensational goal in the video above, and leave a suggestion in the comment box provided with how much you think Manchester United should pay to sign him during the summer!
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