Scholes laments United’s failure to land Ronaldinho

16/05/2020 5:29 PM

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says that he still laments his former club’s failure to complete the signing of Ronaldinho in 2002.

The Brazilian was all set to move to Old Trafford, before changing his mind at the last minute and joining Barcelona.

Scholes says it still irks him, telling BT Sport, “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 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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