The shot-stopper missed out on the chance to seal a switch to the Premier League as Peter Schmeichel’s successor at Old Trafford
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Now, 20 years later, Roa has admitted that he rues the chance of signing for Sir Alex Ferguson due to his ill-informed beliefs.
“At that time I was very attached to religion and bible study,” Roa told the Mirror.
“It was a difficult decision to make but at the same time thoughtful – and my family agreed with me. Certain things happened that will never be known because they are personal and I could only speak to the most intimate people. Many things were said back then out of ignorance and I was branded a thousand bad things.
“The people of the club thought that I was going to go back and that they would recover a lot of money with that transfer that was about to happen.
Ferguson meanwhile endured a nightmare period trying to replace Schmeichel, as first-choice keeper, trying players Mark Bosnich, Fabien Barthez, Roy Carroll, and Tim Howard failed to impress before he finally settled on Edwin van der Sar in 2005.