Legend Confirms Liverpool Approach For Two Man Utd Stars
Graeme Souness has revealed he turned down the chance to sign both Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel during his spell as Liverpool manager.
The Scot, who also played at Anfield, rejected both of the men before they moved to Manchester United.
Cantona and Schmeichel went on to become legends at Old Trafford but it could have all panned out so differently had the former Rangers, Benfica and Newcastle manager opted to bring them to Liverpool instead.
‘Schmeichel wrote to me when I was at Liverpool in the early 1990s,’ Souness told the Daily Mail.
‘Ron Yeats came into my office and told me there was a young Danish goalkeeper who was a Liverpool fan and was willing to pay his own travel and hotel in exchange for some time with us.
‘But at the time I was trying to ease Brucey Grobbelaar out and that was proving a hassle. And I think I had just signed David James. So I thought I could do without it.
‘Similar with Eric. We had played Auxerre at home and Michel Platini came to see me. He said he had a player – a problem boy but a proper player. Cantona.
‘I said the last thing I needed was another problem player. I had 30-pluses that I was trying to get out so I didn’t need more hassle.
‘I said I was looking for something else. I said no thanks.’