Manchester United news: Pavel Nedved reveals his biggest regret was not joining club

Nedved wanted to play with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

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Former European Player of the Year Pavel Nedved has revealed the biggest regret of his career was not playing for Manchester United.

The 44-year-old spent most of his career in Italy with Lazio and Juventus, the latter where he won the Serie A title three times in eight seasons.

In 2003 he was named the best player in the world by World Soccer magazine as well as beating Thierry Henry and Paolo Maldini to being named European Footballer of the Year after leading Juventus to the Champions League final.

Nedved was heavily linked with a move to the newly-rich Chelsea, with the Blues actually tabling an offer for the former Czech Republic international.

However, Nedved rejected the offer with his heart set on Old Trafford and revealed his jealousy of compatriot Karel Poborsky, who did join the club.

When asked about his biggest footballing regret, Nedved told Czech news outlet 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.

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

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