It would be harsh to suggest that Manchester United might have made a mistake signing Robin van Persie.
Even though the Red Devils only managed to get one good season out of the Dutch striker, it’s fair to say he justified his £24 million transfer fee during the 2012-13 campaign alone.
However, it has now emerged - via the Independent - that United could have signed a first-class striker, who is now considered by many as the best number nine in world football, instead.
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The report states that United had agreed a deal in principle with Borussia Dortmund to sign Robert Lewandowski in 2012. Yes, really.
But Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps aware he was about to enter his final season in management and desperate to wrestle the Premier League trophy back off Manchester City following the gut-wrenching conclusion to the 2011-12 campaign, decided to sign Van Persie instead.
This subsequently allowed Lewandowski to sign for Bayern Munich on a free transfer in the summer of 2014 - and the Poland international hasn’t looked back since.
Lewandowski wants to join Real Madrid
United, now managed by Louis van Gaal, are one of several major European clubs keen to sign Lewandowski this summer.
However, it’s understood that Lewandowski only has eyes for one club - and that’s Real Madrid.
Had Manchester United signed Lewandowski, they would have signed a potential world-class striker - now confirmed world class - in their ranks for years.
Van Persie in steep decline since 2013
Van Persie signed for United aged 29 and, given his checkered injury record at Arsenal, was never likely to see out his four-year contract with the Red Devils.
And so it proved. Following two disappointing seasons, Van Persie was told by Van Gaal that he was surplus to requirements. He now plies his trade with Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig.
Manchester United fans: did Sir Alex Ferguson make a mistake signing Robin van Persie over Robert Lewandowski? Have your say by leaving a comment below.