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Pavel Nedved opens up about not joining Man United


Pavel Nedved will have few regrets looking back at his illustrious career.

The former Lazio and Juventus star won the Ballon d’Or in 2003 and guided the Czech Republic to the final of Euro 1996.

For Premier League fans, the only disappointment will be that he never played in England, though it sounds like he feels the same.

Nedved has now opened up about his one regret – the fact that he never played for Manchester United, even if he was never actually given the opportunity.

“A regret? That I never played for Manchester United, I’d have liked that,” he told iDNES, a publication in the Czech Republic.

“The transfer was never on the table though, there was only Chelsea.


“I liked the generation of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who I admired.”

The former Czech international beat Thierry Henry and Paolo Maldini to the Ballon d’Or, so it’s safe to say United will be left kicking themselves now they know how he feels.

All the same, during Nedved’s peak, Sir Alex Ferguson had plenty of options in a midfield consisting of the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, so United would have had to spend big when their midfield was already as good as they come.

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