Manchester United’s Midfield Genius
Volendam born Arnold Muhren played for Volendam, Ajax and Twente before Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson signed him for £150,000 in August 1978. Accompanied by his former teammate Frans Thyssen the following year, he emerged as one of the most important players in the great side who went on to win the 1981 UEFA Cup.
Impressed by his positioning and reading of the game, Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson signed Arnold Muhren at the start of the 1981–82 campaign. The Dutch midfield maestro made his Manchester United debut in a 3–0 win at home to Birmingham City in August 1982 and helped the club win the FA Cup the following year. A popular player with the home supporters, Muhren amassed a total of 98 appearances for Manchester United between 1982 and 1985. The talented playmaker returned to Holland in 1985 and finished his soccer career at former club Ajax where he went on to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1987. A Dutch international, Arnold Muhren accumulated 23 appearances for his nation after making his debut in a 4–0 win away to Tunisia in April 1978.
Arnold Muhren won the European Championships with Holland in 1988.