After scoring from his first touch in a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal and ripping Wales limb-from-limb with a superb brace last Friday, Arjen Robben is well and truly back.
Having sat on the sidelines for two months with a torn stomach injury, the Dutchman has finally returned to the Bayern Munich side. However, reports are suggesting the winger is far from content at the Allianz Arena and may demand a transfer in January.
According to the Mirror, his anger roots from an ongoing feud with Polish forward Robert Lewandowski.
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The striker has reportedly made it clear in recent weeks that he prefers to play alongside Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman, viewing Robben as too selfish.
The former Chelsea man's reaction has been far from positive, demanding first team football and refusing to play second fiddle to Costa nor Coman.
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Moreover, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola has conceded he can do little regarding Lewandowski’s criticism as Robben is too old to alter his style.
As a result of this swelling discontent, Manchester United are poised to make a bid in January. Robben worked under Louis van Gaal with the Dutch national team so a move would see the pair reunited.
It would not be the first time the Red Devils made a move for the player, however. In 2004, Robben was on the brink of signing for United but complications regarding PSV Eindhoven’s expected price saw the winger move to Chelsea instead.
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Furthermore, the Red Devils are emaciated in wide areas and although the club has youthful talent in Memphis Depay and Jesse Lingard, Van Gaal is desperate for proven quality. Having scored 176 goals in a career that has witnessed tenures at Chelsea and Real Madrid, Robben certainly possesses such quality.
After six years of donning the Bayern shirt, the 31-year-old has certainly proven his loyalty. With his place in the side now under threat, few would blame the Dutchman leaping at the opportunity to sign for United in a similar fashion to Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Although turning 32 in January, Robben’s recent performances against Arsenal and Wales have shown the winger is still at the peak of his powers.
Whether United will swoop to save the Dutchman from his Bayern frustrations in January is yet to be seen, although they'd be mad not to should such an opportunity arise.
Manchester United fans: how much would you love to see Robben in a United shirt? Let us know in the comments below!