Arjen Robben could take Wayne Rooney's place at Man Utd

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Manchester United have been linked with a host of midfield players over the past few months, namely those from Bayern Munich. So it was certainly interesting to see a certain Arjen Robben being named as a possible target for the Red Devils as well.

The Dutch star is currently proving at the World Cup just why he is considered one of the best players on the planet. Although he's suffered some heart breaking moments - notably against Spain in the World Cup final and against Chelsea in the Champions League final - he's fought back to put those ghosts to bed and could even now be in the form of his life.

The reason him being linked with Manchester United raised a few eyebrows is because of the potential knock-on effect it could have. The Red Devils are blessed with plenty of attacking options; indeed so many that the likes of Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck have question marks over their futures. 

If, as the Daily Mail suggested over the weekend that Robben could arrive at Old Trafford, it would certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons in terms of who it could force out - Wayne Rooney. 

The paper reckon that the England forward could be nudged towards the door as new boss Louis van Gaal could deploy Robben behind his countryman, Robin van Persie - that's a sentiment that former Manchester United defender Kevin Moran agrees with.

Writing in the Sunday World, he said: "There have been suggestions that Arjen Robben is on Van Gaal’s list of transfer targets for Manchester United. If §so, Old Trafford would delight in a double-Dutch attack, but where would Wayne Rooney play then?

"One result of Friday night is that the Dutch look good to go a long way in the tournament, further delaying the day when Van Gaal finally gets his feet under the manager’s desk in Carrington.

"He’ll have to take some sort of holiday after the World Cup, maybe a week or ten days, so it could be the end of July before the Dutch manager is truly in charge – and what effect will that have on tempting transfer targets to sign on the dotted line?

"But Van Gaal won’t be worrying about any of that this morning. It will be about managing expectations and propelling what looks to be a very good Holland side as far as he can in the 2014 World Cup – a competition that, the odd dodgy refereeing decision aside, has opened superbly."

It is hard to see Rooney moving away from Manchester United any time soon. He was one of the rare bright spots in their campaign last season, and he has just put pen to paper on a huge new five-year deal - that shows just how highly rated he is.

Now of course Van Gaal will have his own ideas of how he wants Manchester United to play, but it is unlikely he'll be able to force out a player of Rooney's calibre. If anything it could spell the end of one of the club's under-performing wingers, with Robben given license to cut in from the right to link up with Rooney, just behind Van Persie.

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