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Bryan Robson was convinced United had 'landed Jude Bellingham'

Bryan Robson admits he and Sir Alex Ferguson were CONVINCED Man United had ‘landed Jude Bellingham’ before he chose Borussia Dortmund and claims midfielder would have been a ‘great signing’ for the club

  • Bryan Robson and Sir Alex Ferguson thought they had signed Jude Bellingham
  • Robson, Ferguson and Eric Cantona had all met with Bellingham at Carrington
  • However, he decided to sign for German giants Borussia Dortmund instead 
  • Robson said Bellingham would have been a ‘great signing’ for Man United 
  • He also thinks Bellingham will play a key role for England in the World Cup 

Bryan Robson has revealed how he and Sir Alex Ferguson were convinced that Jude Bellingham would sign for Manchester United before he moved to Germany. 

Bellingham and his family met with Robson, Ferguson and Eric Cantona at Carrington training ground to discuss a potential deal before signing for Dortmund. 

Robson said he and Ferguson were convinced they had ‘landed’ the England international and admitted he would have been a ‘great signing’ for the club. 

Bryan Robson was convinced Manchester United had ‘landed’ the signing of Jude Bellingham (above) before he decided to join German giants Borussia Dortmund

Bellingham and his family met with Robson (right), Ferguson (left) and Eric Cantona at Carrington to discuss a potential deal

Bellingham has become one of the most sought after midfielders in the world after excelling in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. 

However, Robson was convinced the England international would be plying his trade at Manchester United after meeting with him several years ago. 

Speaking about how United missed out on signing the rising star, Robson told The Sun: ‘I watched him closely playing against City.  

The England international (L) has become one of the most sought after midfielders in the world

Bellingham is wanted by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly – who spent £271million this summer

‘You could see how much he’s progressed since we thought we had landed him at Manchester United a couple of years ago.

Robson went on to add: ‘Unfortunately for us he decided to move to Germany. We thought we more or less had him. 

‘Myself, Sir Alex and Eric Cantona all met him with his mum and dad at Carrington and after that meeting we thought he was coming to us.’

Robson has also backed the 19-year-old to play a starring role for England at the World Cup in Qatar. 

He praised Bellingham’s ‘anticipation’ and his determination to win the ball but said the youngster must ‘keep his feet on the ground’ to reach his full potential. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (R) is also interested in signing the 19-year-old star next summer

However, he will have to battle it out with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag (R)

Robson said: ‘He has fantastic anticipation — as we saw in the way he darted into the box to put away his header. But he wins plenty of battles as well.

‘A lot of people think he’s more or less an attacking midfielder but he can do the other side of it as well. He’s a good size. He’s pretty quick and in fact he’s got a bit of everything about him.

‘What he’s got to do, of course, is keep his feet on the ground and work hard to be the best he can be. But you can see why he has become such a big target in the market because he is such a big talent.

‘And if he keeps performing like he did against City he will be a big part of England’s World Cup bid.’

Bellingham’s market value could skyrocket if he plays a vital role for England at the World Cup

United’s new boss Erik ten Hag is said to be interested in signing Bellingham during next summer’s transfer window.

However, Chelsea are also looking to snap up Bellingham ahead of the 2023-2024 campaign.  

Boehly – who spent £271million on new signings this summer – is said to be a big fan of the England international and interested in his services.

Liverpool have also identified the Borussia Dortmund star as the key piece to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield puzzle. 




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