With England’s exit at the group stage of the World Cup confirmed after just eight days of the tournament, Manchester United fans can console themselves with the fact the Dutch team managed by new boss Louis van Gaal has looked the most exciting team of the opening two matches.
The manner in which they dismantled reigning world champions Spain 5-1 sent shockwaves around the world, with Arjen Robben playing a starring role – scoring two fine goals.
The Bayern Munich winger has been consistently linked with a move to Manchester United since van Gaal’s arrival was confirmed, with the pair enjoying an excellent relationship that stems back to van Gaal’s time in charge of the German champions.
It is a story that appears to gave gathered pace after his starring role during the opening two World Cup matches, but is it a move that will actually come to fruition?
When you consider what a crucial player Robben has been for Bayern Munich over the past two seasons, playing a key role in their Champions League and Bundesliga success, will Pep Guardiola really consider sanctioning a move?
And will Robben – now 30 years of age, despite the fact he has looked the same for the past decade – be keen on moving back to England for a club that is unable to offer Champions League football next season?
With this in mind, we have identified five alternatives Manchester United may want to start thinking about.