FIFA men’s player of the year Robert Lewandowski has revealed he almost signed for Man Utd several years ago. Speaking to France Football, the extremely dull but efficient Pole admitted Fergie was close to snatching him away from Borussia Dortmund.
Lewy said: “After my second year in Dortmund [around 2011/12], I had a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson. He wanted me in Manchester. I was very interested. I can even say I was ready. But Dortmund did not want to let me go… [here’s the kicker…] That didn’t upset me very much because things were going well with Dortmund.”
We can’t ever know, but perhaps Lewandowski would have been the signing who prevented United’s post-Fergie slump. Anyway, it’s a small sliding doors moment in European football that saw Bayern Munich (the club that did prise Lewy away from Dortmund), not United, grow even stronger, whilst Moyes, Van Gaal etc. struggled (in relative terms) for almost an entire decade.