Former Chelsea fan favourite Arjen Robben was close to joining Manchester United back in 2004 and even had successful talks with Sir Alex Ferguson but ultimately ended up at Chelsea.
The Dutch winger left PSV Eindhoven for Stamford Bridge in a £12million deal and went on to win back-to-back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho, and was well loved by the Chelsea fans before leaving for Real Madrid.
However, Robben could easily have ended up at Old Trafford, as he told FourFourTwo: “I had a very good conversation with [Ferguson] over dinner in Manchester and we spoke about football and life.
“I also went and had a good look around the training ground and everything was good.
“I had a very good conversation with Ferguson over dinner and we spoke about football and life. Had Manchester United offered me a deal straight after I met them, I would have signed.
“But after I went back to PSV nothing happened. There was no real contact and the deal didn’t happen. PSV were also negotiating with Chelsea at that time, so maybe they offered PSV more money? I don’t really know.
“I spoke to Chelsea and I liked their plans. We had one meeting and everything was done pretty quickly.
“Had Manchester United offered me a deal straight after I met them, I would have signed there, but it didn’t happen and I’ve got no regrets.”