Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal need not look beyond his own Holland squad when it comes to drawing up a list of World Cup transfer targets.

For residing within his camp is the one player his new employers are craving. Arjen Robben is the man Van Gaal should elevate to the top of his wish list.

For a winger boasting the Dutchman’s devastating ability to score, create and terrorise was sadly lacking at Old Trafford last season.

United are set to significantly invest in a playing squad which slumped to seventh in the Premier League and Robben makes perfect sense; comrade Robin van Persie will no doubt agree.

You only have to look to Friday night’s 5-1 mauling of Spain and his two-goal show as evidence of the star quality so badly needed by the fallen champions.

The 30-year-old was at his unforgiving finest against the World Cup holders. The goal which handed Holland a second-half lead owed everything to Robben’s pace, panache and potency – his turn of foot winning the yard to steal in behind a static Spanish backline, his touch to kill the lofted throughball a thing of beauty and his finish as lethal as any centre-forward could ever produce.