Sir Alex Ferguson’s classy gesture to ‘worst keeper ever’ after Man Utd error

Ex-Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was well-known for his infamous hairdryer treatment, but the legendary boss had a lighter side too – just ask Massimo Taibi.

Taibi was brought to United in 1999 following the departure of Peter Schmeichel and injuries to first and second-choice stoppers Mark Bosnich and Raimond van der Gouw.

The Italian made four appearances before being shipped back to Reggina after just a single season at Old Trafford, but he'll always be remembered for one particular incident.

Taibi was in goal for one of the Premier League's most notorious gaffes as Matt Le Tissier embarrassed the tracksuit-wearing stopper with a speculative effort for Southampton.

United drew the game 3-3, and while some bosses might have read the riot act to the goalkeeper, Taibi has revealed legendary gaffer Ferguson was much more understanding.

Of the incident, Taibi told Dream Team said: "He put his arm around me and told me not to worry and that these things happen.

"For me, that wasn’t a terrible error as such, certainly not something to label you with for life, it was just one of those things which can happen to goalkeepers.

"I’ve seen plenty in England and Italy, believe me; going through the legs, it looks ridiculous, but it happens often. It’s not the first, it wasn’t the last."

Taibi retained his place in goal the following week as United visited Chelsea, only to concede five at Stamford Bridge in what proved to be his final Red Devils appearance.

The Palermo-born stopper returned to his native Italy with Reggina at the end of the season before stints with Atalanta, Torino and Ascoli.

Although he retired from football with 2009, Taibi will always go down in folklore for his part in one of the Premier League's most infamous errors.

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