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Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest ever flop... Pays tribute to him

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Massimo Taibi has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Remember Massimo Taibi?

Of course you do, for few Manchester United fans will be able to forget his brief spell at Old Trafford in the post-Schmeichel years.

Before United finally settled on Edwin van der Sar, they tried with a litany of goalkeepers, and while the Italian may not have been technically the worst, he certainly played that way.

The abiding memory of him is the way he let Matt le Tissier's weak long-range shot squirm through both arms, between his legs, and into the net.

It would be his final game for the club, in only his fourth appearance.

Now retired at 43, he feels no hard feelings towards the man who cast him aside so ruthlessly over a decade ago, paying tribute to the great manager in light of his retirement.

Speaking in Italy to magazine TMW, he said: "Ferguson is an institution. For (nearly) thirty years has made ​​the fortunes of his team.

"He understood that he had come to the point where he could no longer give what he wanted his players and wanted to retire after another big win.

"Ferguson has left a mark not only incredible to Manchester United or English football, but throughout the world of football.

"He has won so much, perhaps all he could win. Replacing (him) will difficult if not impossible."

It's good to know there are no hard feelings. Time is undoubtedly a great healer, for even just remembering his spell at Manchester United must be a chastening and frustrating experience for the Italian.

Want to see Taibi's blunder for old times' sake? Here you are...

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