Graeme Souness was a legendary player for Liverpool but his reign as manager of the club is one that the Anfield fans have tried their best to forget.
Souness’ autobiography “Men In White Suits” (fantastic title by the way) will do nothing to improve his reputation as a manager, having revealed that he passed over the chance to sign two players who went on to become legends at Manchester United.
The book claims that Peter Schmeichel wrote to Liverpool asking for a trial, even offering to pay his own expenses. Souness elected to pass up the offer for fear of unsettling veteran Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar.
Another United star that got away was Eric Cantona. The then unsettled French international was recommended to Souness by none other than Michel Platini, who described him as “perfect for Liverpool.” Souness was worried about Cantona’s reputation as a troublemaker and declined to make a move.
It is arguable that the signings of Schmeichel and Cantona were Alex Ferguson’s best as Manchester United manager and had a catalytic effect on the team, turning them from also-rans to multiple title winners. Had Souness signed this pair then football history could have been very different.