Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he was interested in bringing Petr Cech to Old Trafford before he joined Chelsea.
Ferguson struggled to replace Peter Schmeichel for many years after the Dane left the club in 1999, making almost 300 appearances for Man United.
The Scot went through a whole host of goalkeepers in a bid to find the right man to take over Schmeichel’s spot. The likes of Fabian Barthez, Massimo Taibi and Roy Carroll were all signed in an attempt to fill the vacant goalkeeper position but, ultimately, none proved good enough.
Ferguson now admits to considering Cech as the man to don the famous shirt. In his new book, Leading, the former manager stated: “I went to see him in 2003 for Rennes. We thought Petr was a bit young for the bruisers in the Premier League.”
Cech was only 21 at the time and, given the physical nature of the Premier League, it is not surprising that Ferguson decided not to make a move for him.
However, the Czech international made his move to Chelsea a year later and proved to be a hugely successful purchase for the London club as they went on to win back-to-back Premier league titles in 2005 and 2006.
Ferguson eventually managed to bring Edwin van Der Sar to United, meaning he had finally filled the void left by Schmeichel almost six years before. The Dutchman was a revelation at United, becoming the last line of a formidable defence that won the league title three years running.