Paul Scholes has revealed that
Manchester United missed out on their fair share of top talent during
his serial-winning days with the Premier League club.
Harry Kewell snubbed Man United to join Liverpool, while Ronaldinho also rejected the Red Devils for Barcelona.
Kewell went on to win the Champions League title with the Reds in
2005, while Ronaldinho was part of a brilliant Barcelona outfit that won
two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy.
And Scholes claims they weren't the only two players that Man United
missed out on during his time at the club with the likes of Damien Duff
and Arjen Robben choosing other clubs.
"I always remember two or three who were possibly coming, I remember
Harry Kewell was one and you knew what a good player he was," Scholes
said on Savage Social.
"He was brilliant. I think he ended up turning us down and going to Liverpool which didn’t really bother us that much.
"I think Damien Duff at the time was another one. Arjen Robben, I
think he was very close to coming. As a midfield player you look forward
to playing with quick players who can run with the ball and score you
"But I think the one that stands out is Ronaldinho. I really thought the manager got him.
"I think we were away for pre-season, it was as close as announcing
him and giving him a number. But I think he ended up changing his mind
at the last minute and signing for Barcelona. It's strange really
because on that pre-season tour we were playing against Barcelona.
"So we were all excited... 'Ronaldinho what a player', I think he was
coming from PSG at the time, and thought we were all going to get to
play with him and he was going to bring something special, almost like
what [Eric] Cantona brought to the team.
"Then the next minute, three days later, we're playing against him
and everyone is trying to kick him. We’re trying to boot him because he
didn’t sign for us, which was disappointing.
"I'm not bothered. I was lucky enough to play with so many great
players, he would have just been another unbelievable player I might
have had a chance to play with but it never happened."
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