Robert Lewandowski could’ve been a Red Devil
Robert Lewandowski is widely regarded as the best striker in the world; the Polish forward has enjoyed a phenomenal year scoring 47 goals and providing 15 assists for club and country which propelled Bayern Munich to a treble.
His exploits at Bayern were rewarded as he was named FIFA’s ‘The Best’ men’s player last week beating out competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
But the 32-year-old has admitted that he was on the verge of joining Manchester United back in 2012. Lewandowski has revealed that he spoke with then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about a potential transfer.
The Polish captain was regularly linked with the Red Devils while he was still at Borussia Dortmund. Still, a move never materialised, and he ended up joining German giants Bayern instead.
Over his six-year spell with Bayern, the prolific forward has managed an incredible 266 goals in 307 appearances and was the leading scorer in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League last season as the Bavarian giants clinched the treble.
A Patrik Schick screamer gave Leverkusen the lead 😱
But then Robert Lewandowski did what Robert Lewandowski does 😎
Bayern Munich are back at the top of the Bundesliga 🔝 pic.twitter.com/jNJzofis5i
— Goal (@goal) December 21, 2020
After his win at the ‘The Best’ award ceremony, he revealed how Dortmund blocked his move to Manchester United.
“After my second year in Dortmund, I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson,” he 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.”
Following that debacle, Fergie signed Robin van Persie from Arsenal ahead of his final season at the club. The transfer was a success as Van Persie helped fire United to a Premier League title the following year.
It could be argued that Lewandowski made the correct decision in the end as United have regressed since Fergie’s departure whereas, at Bayern, the Pole has won six league titles and a Champions League among other trophies.