Former Ballon d’Or winner regrets not joining Manchester United

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Czech football legend Pavel Nedved has revealed that not having the chance to join Manchester United is one of few regrets he has from an illustrious career, but the only offer he had from an English club was Chelsea.

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“The fact that I’ve never played for Manchester United,” Nedved admitted when asked by Czech outlet iDNES about anything he wished he’d achieved but didn’t manage.

“I would have liked that,” he added.

Nedved won the Ballon d’Or ahead of Thierry Henry and Paolo Mandini in 2003 when Juventus won the Champions League. However, Nedved missed that Champions League final through suspension as Milan prevailed on penalties after a 0-0.

The midfielder scored at Old Trafford that season but a dream move never materialised.

“The transfer [to United] was never on the table, one to Chelsea,” Nedved commented.

“I liked the generation of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, which I admired,” he added.

“I was a little envious of Karel Poborsky, who played for Manchester United and experienced great matches — I know he still feels the love.”

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