There is no doubt about it — when Sir Alex Ferguson calls, you listen. Bayern Munich legend Robert Lewandowski did just that back in 2012.
In a recent interview, the Polish international explained how close he came to a move to Old Trafford after a successful season at Borussia Dortmund (who were coached by current Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp at the time) where he was a wanted man by multiple clubs in Europe, including Manchester United.
“I was speaking with him [Ferguson] after two years at Dortmund and at that time I was really thinking about a move to Manchester United,” Lewandowski told The Guardian.
“Because of Ferguson and because of Manchester United.”
Unfortunately, BVB didn’t have the same reaction, “Borussia Dortmund said, no, that’s that.” Lewandowski added that “it was the first time I was thinking about the move because if you get a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, for a young player it was something amazing. That was a special day for me.”
Dortmund managed to keep Lewandowski for another two seasons but lost him in 2015 to Bundesliga rivals, Bayern Munich. At Bayern, Lewandowski has cemented himself as one of the best strikers ever, with 227 Bundesliga goals, 63 Champions League goals and over 100 goals in other domestic and international competitions.
You can’t help but dream what a scoring force United would have been with Lewandowski paired with Wayne Rooney, who had 12 EPL goals in the 12/13 season, or Robin van Persie, who had 26 goals, upfront and attacking threats like Javier Hernandez and Ryan Giggs waiting in reserve.
Chalk this up in the “what could have been” category for Manchester United.