Pavel Nedved regrets never playing for Manchester United

Pavel Nedved’s only regret in his career is that he never played for Manchester United.

The former Czech Republic midfielder was one of the best of his generation, and raked in trophies at Sparta Prague, Lazio and Juventus.

But Nedved wishes he could have turned out for Sir Alex Ferguson at United.


“A regret?” Nedved told Czech newspaper Idnes. “That I never played for Manchester United. I’d have liked that. The transfer was never on the table though, there was only Chelsea [interested in me].

“I liked the generation of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, whom I admired. I was a little bit jealous of Karel Poborsky, who played in Manchester and experienced great matches. I know he still feels that love.”

Nedved played alongside the very best players of his time, including Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Del Piero. But he rates Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his most talented team-mate.

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“In terms of team-mates, I’ve had a lot and I don’t want to offend anyone,” he said. “If I had to pick one [as the best] though, I’d say Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s a striker who can cut through defences. He has scary power and height, as well as excellent technique.

“That said, when he came to Juventus, he couldn’t finish. What you see today is mainly down to the fact Fabio Capello took him for a half-an-hour of shooting practice after every training session.”

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