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Scholes: We tried to kick Ronaldinho after he snubbed Man United

Ronaldinho (Getty Images)
Ronaldinho (Getty Images)

Paul Scholes has revealed that Manchester United missed out on their fair share of top talent during his serial-winning days with the Premier League club.

Harry Kewell snubbed Man United to join Liverpool, while Ronaldinho also rejected the Red Devils for Barcelona.

Kewell went on to win the Champions League title with the Reds in 2005, while Ronaldinho was part of a brilliant Barcelona outfit that won two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy.

And Scholes claims they weren't the only two players that Man United missed out on during his time at the club with the likes of Damien Duff and Arjen Robben choosing other clubs.

"I always remember two or three who were possibly coming, I remember Harry Kewell was one and you knew what a good player he was," Scholes said on Savage Social.

"He was brilliant. I think he ended up turning us down and going to Liverpool which didn’t really bother us that much.

"I think Damien Duff at the time was another one. Arjen Robben, I think he was very close to coming. As a midfield player you look forward to playing with quick players who can run with the ball and score you goals.

"But 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 [Eric] 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."

- TEAMtalk media

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