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Manchester United had agreed to sign Robert Lewandowski in 2012 but signed Robin Van Persie instead according to a report in today's The Independent.
Journalist Jack de Menezes' story claims that United had actually agreed ‘a deal in principle’ to sign the then-Borussia Dortmund striker in summer 2012, but instead decided to sign Van Persie from Arsenal. The Poland international joined Bayern Munich instead on a Bosman two years later.
While Van Persie's goals fired the Old Trafford club to the Premier League title in his first season, a combination of injuries, managerial changes and a loss of form meant his other two seasons were disappointing and he left for Turkish side Fenerbahce last summer.
Lewandowski meanwhile, five years younger than Van Persie, is hitting peak form at the age of 27 and while Utd are credited with an ongoing interest in securing his services, de Menezes claims he will instead hold out for a move to Real Madrid.
With Utd's unprecedented - in the Premier League era at least - struggles in front of goals this season, fans will be left to think of what a difference Lewandowski might have made.