Lewandowski reveals a phone call with Ferguson: I was really thinking about a move to Manchester United

Lewandowski reveals a phone call with Ferguson: I was really thinking about a move to Manchester United

In days when Odion Ighalo is the new striker at Old Trafford, and Joshua King and Salomon Rondon both were close to wearing the red shirt, Robert Lewandowski added salt to the wounds of Manchester United fans. By admitting that he was close to the club. But in 2012.

One of the very best strikers in the world and currently the best player/scorer of the 2019/2020 season revealed a phone call he had with Sir Alex Ferguson. It happened while the Pole was still at Borussia Dortmund, back in 2012.

"I was speaking with him after two years at Dortmund and at that time I was really thinking about a move to Manchester United. Because of Ferguson and because of Manchester United. Borussia Dortmund said: ‘No, that’s that.’ That was the first time I was thinking about the move because if you get a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, for a young player it was something amazing. That was a special day for me," said the 31-year-old.

It truly is one of those what would it be moments as David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho would all have much easier jobs if they had RL9 in their dressing room.

Lewandowski is taking care of his well-being almost as much as Cristiano Ronaldo, which explains his consistency. But the Pole is not done improving his skills.

"I want to play for a long time. I don’t feel 31 years old and everything I am doing now is working to keep me in top for the next five, six years. I don’t want to be a striker who spends 90 minutes in the box waiting for the ball. I don’t like just getting the ball 10 times during a game. It’s not enough for me; I find those games difficult. I can work on everything still. But one thing? Maybe to shoot from distance."

Working with both Jurgen Klopp at BVB and Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, Lewa had truly masters to learn from. He explained how he even had a bet with Klopp during their Borussia days.

"At Dortmund, we bet that if I score 10 goals then Jurgen Klopp gives me €50. The first training sessions, I score three or four. Then after five, six, seven sessions I score seven, eight. Then after three months, I score every training more like 10. After a few weeks Jurgen said: ‘No more, it’s too much for me. I don’t want to pay you any more.’ That was part of my mentality. That was very helpful for me. And good in another way."

After 23 Bundesliga games, Robert Lewandowski has the same number of goals (25) as Gerd Muller in his record-breaking 1971/1972 season, when the German scored 40 goals in 34 games.


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