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Man United Considered RvW As A Target


Fulham boss, Rene Meuelensteen has confirmed that Manchester United did indeed consider City striker, Ricky van Wolfswinkel prior to his transfer to Norwich.

Ex-United coach Meulensteen was asked in his pre-match presser if he was surprised when Van Wolfswinkel joined Norwich, Meulensteen said: 'I was, to be fairly honest.

'Obviously I know him and know the Dutch league very well and he has an eye for goal and is really good in and around the box and is a quick and clinical finisher - he showed that at Sporting Lisbon.

'I thought at some point he would be heading for the Barclays Premier League or the Bundesliga, but it was a bit of a surprise. My first thought was that Norwich had done well there but it shows again how keen players are to play in the Premier League.'

Meulensteen, who spent a total of 11 years as a coach at Manchester United before leaving the club following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, admitted Van Wolfswinkel had caught the attention of those in and around Old Trafford.

'We had definitely discussed him,' said the Dutchman, who has overseen one win in four games since taking charge at Fulham.

'I don't think it was ever to the stage that we needed to do something as we obviously had fantastic strikers at the club and, at a club like Manchester United where you have got top, top strikers, when you bring someone in he needs to be better than you have already got.'

The rumours that United were interested surfaced around the time that Liverpool were also reportedly interested in the player in September 2012 but talk of a 23m fee most likely put them both off. In March 2013, Norwich announced a cut price deal rumoured to be 8.5m after Sporting Lisbon were unable to pay player's wages for two months. It was rumoured that City paid around half that fee at the time to secure the deal and thus allow Sporting to continue to pay their wage bill.

Definitely our gain.

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Date:Tuesday December 24 2013

Time: 6:00PM

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luckily he appears to hate man ure as much as good honest football fans do.
DRAYTON GREEN
interesting comments and a confirmed good deal... but now he has to prove his backers
suffolkcanary
Hughton has to play him first, can't prove anything on the bench. We have to be cautious bringing him back though.
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