Karel Poborsky: ‘They put me to a coma. All of my face muscles were paralysed’
Alex Ferguson flaunts his summer signings in 1996: Ronnie Johnsen, Jordi Cruyff, Ole Gunnar Solskj?r, Karel Poborsky and Raimond van der Gouw. Photograph: PA
“I was very astonished at how nicely the players accepted me. Now I realise that greater successful as well as well informed that you are, the better it’s acknowledge others. You’re team and everybody wanted me to feel welcome. Particularly Eric Cantona and Paul Scholes. Ryan Giggs can also be a very good person.”
Poborsky spent only 1 . 5 years at United, mainly due to a growing young talent called David Beckham. “There wasn’t personal rivalry with Beckham,” Poborsky says. “He was very supportive and would often ask after my loved ones. Jordi Cruyff had also been there back then and the man also didn’t often play. Sometimes I might play to your reserves, but Jordi would say: ‘No, Practical goal going. I’m here for the main team.’ Maybe that is why the fans liked me nonetheless remember me; simply because might even see my enthusiasm and so i was ready at all times. It didn’t matter generally if i totally whole match or only the final minute. I accepted that Beckham was number 1 and so i was second in line.
“I visited Ferguson and explained that I planned to play anf the husband found me couple of clubs in England. Small clubs, like Leeds. However got a deal from Benfica and left for Lisbon in January 1998. Red carpet months, I have been voted for the reason that best player in Portugal but nevertheless now, my heart beats for Man utd.”
Following his hugely successful spell at Benfica in addition to a relocate 2000 with an absurdly talented Lazio featuring Nedved, Alessandro Nesta, Diego Simeone, Marcelo Salas, Juan Sebasti