Czech legend Pavel Nedved has revealed that his only regret was to never have gotten the chance to play for Manchester United.
Nedved had an illustrious career in Italy with Lazio and Juventus, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders of his generation. He won numerous titles and won the Ballon d’Or in 2003. But he revealed in an interview that he regrets not having the opportunity to play for Manchester United like his Czech teammate Karel Poborsky.
“A regret?” Nedved told 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 shared the pitch with some of soccer’s biggest names, including Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro. But the player he rates the highest is former Juventus, and current United, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“In terms of team-mates, I’ve had a lot and I don’t want to offend anyone,” Nedved said. “If I had to pick one [as the best] though, I’d say Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s a striker who can cut through defenses. 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.”