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That Age-Old Question of Age!

Flicking through the tabloid press, at the weekend, I read an article whereby it was intimated that Manchester United have adopted a policy whereby they won`t spend huge sums on players who are of an age-group whereby they are unable to recoup some of the expenditure in the future.

The age put forward was players of the age of 29-30 will only be signed if the club can get them on the cheap or if they are at the end of their contract and come on a free transfer.

The ruling would seem to rule out the acquisition of someone like Arjen Robben, a player who has been linked several times, in the past month or so, with a move to Old Trafford.

However, it continues to be implied, in the press, Louis van Gaal hasn`t given up hope of signing the Bayern Munich winger who is 30 years of age.

Which brings us round, rather nicely; to the crux of this article!

I`d like to know if there should be exceptions to the previously mentioned rule and whether, on the evidence of his form at this World Cup, Arjen Robben should be that exception!

Your responses would be most appreciated.




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 25 2014

Time: 1:01PM

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Van Persie was an exception to the rule so I fail to see why Robben shouldn't be. For me though I'd be cautious about signing Robben, his game is largely based around his pace and at 30(?) you've got to imagine his blistering pace will abandon him soon (hard to imagine seeing as he just seems to be getting faster with age). Therein lies the difference between Robin and Robben, Van Persie won't miss his pace because he never had it but with Robben on the otherhand it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to adapt and adjust his game accordingly. I won't deny that we could indeed do with someone of Robbens quality on the wing, we've lacked a winger of his ability since Ronaldo left and I certainly would be excited at his arrival. For me though with other younger and potentially just as good if not better options available it seems like an unnecessary risk. All this talk is premature though, Van Gaal might want Robben but Robben hasn't exactly been enthused about joining us iterating once already he's happy at Bayern whilst it remains to be seen whether Bayern, who just awarded him a bumper contract, would be willing to sell and even then whether they'll sell at a reasonable fee.
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25/06/2014 13:45:00

Robben is quality but at 30 he's only going to go downhill from here on in. His game is all about pace as famous has already said and he isn't going to get faster with age. Surely Griezmann would be a better option or Reus next season.
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