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07th Mar 2017

A brief history of Manchester United being linked with Kevin Strootman

If at first you don't succeed

Tom Victor

A wise man once said there are three constants in life: death, taxes, and Manchester United being linked with Kevin Strootman.

The Dutch midfielder has seen his name prefaced with the words ‘United target’ more times than he has actually played a game of football in the last few years, with injuries restricting him to fewer than 100 appearances in four years with Roma.

While the origin of the link is debatable, we can say for sure that Strootman was mentioned in connection with the club when Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the helm.

Fergie retired in the summer of 2013, but David Moyes was linked with a move for the midfielder after taking charge.

Strootman chose Roma, of course, but that didn’t stop the links continuing in January of 2014.

It wasn’t to be for Moyes, and that should have been that. But then United had to go and appoint a Dutch manager.

And not any Dutch manager – the man who may well have included Strootman in his 2014 World Cup squad were it not for an injury suffered before the tournament.

Injuries got in the way, but only for a year, of course.

We got a bit of a hiatus last summer, with Strootman’s fitness worries and the #PogBack train meaning United eyes were elsewhere.

However, with Pogba enduring an inconsistent first season back at Old Trafford, some have suggested he lacks the ideal midfield partner.

And, would you have it, a certain Dutch midfielder has finally got a run of games together and shown the sort of form that might have the likes of Manchester United sniffing around.

That’s right, according to Metro, who cite reports from Italy, Jose Mourinho wants Strootman to come in and act as the foil for his £89m midfielder.

If you think you’ve heard it all before, it’s because you have. But could it be for real this time?

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