UK time is: 13:42:15
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Fergie Made A Big Mistake...

Flashback. Imagine it's the summer of 1999, we are basking in the glory of the Treble but also face the daunting task of replacing the best goalkeeper in the world, Peter Schmeichel who's just left United after eight incredibly successful years.

Well, you all know what happened. Mark Bosnich happened, then Massimo Taibi, Fabien Barthez, Tim Howard and - horribile dictu - Roy Carroll. Our goalkeepers were the laughing stock of the country. But it could have been avoided easily.

In that same summer, Ajax finally realised that they could not hold on to Edwin van der Sar who was 28 at that time and the Amsterdam team's inevitable decline made him leave in search for trophies. Fergie did want him but wasn't decisive enough so he went to Juventus where he subsequently lost most of his great reputation due to a string of terrible displays.

'There is no doubt about it, it was a mistake not signing Edwin in 1999,' Sir Alex admitted.

'I did want him, but at the time, (former chairman) Martin Edwards had done a deal with Mark Bosnich and, unfortunately, it was too late for us because Edwin went from Ajax to Juventus instead.

'But throughout the 2004-05 season, we were assessing where we should be going in terms of the goalkeeping situation and I left it to our keeping coach, Tony Coton, to get all the information.

'A lot of goalkeepers were a possibility, but Van der Sar's name just came up all the time, so we didn't hesitate at the end of the season. We did a deal quickly.

'For Edwin, it was a great lift for him, but also for us. He has brought incredible knowledge and patience to the back four, his use of the ball is excellent and he has all the technical attributes you need.'


Who knows how different it would have turned out to be? But I firmly believe that even though he was very shaky at Turin, he would have done much better at United - and shouldn't have spent years at Fulham.

However, this is rather pleasant when our only gripe about a certain player is that why we didn't sign him earlier...




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!






Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 30 2009

Time: 6:09PM

Your Comments

He has been one of the main reasons for your current success, his experience is second to none as well as his abilities.
wright8
he is a great keeper , he saves you many time . one of the best
Kimbo
Very strange though he never been called as world's best.Always the lime light is on Casillas,Buffon & Cech(Before he got injured very badly).
Saimon_blues
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Blind & Di Maria Loving It! (Thursday October 30 2014)

Legend Claims City Now The Bigger Side (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Fellaini Still Leaving? (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Those Bale Rumours (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Vidal Deal Dead (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Emotions Took Over (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Rooney Doubt? (Tuesday October 28 2014)

Nearly's Only Half Way! (Tuesday October 28 2014)

Johnstone Returns To Donny (Tuesday October 28 2014)

Not Over Yet! (Monday October 27 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man Utd 1 - 1 Chelsea
WBA 2 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Everton
Man Utd 2 - 1 West Ham
Leicester City 5 - 3 Man Utd
Man Utd 4 - 0 Q.P.R.

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Arsenal 9 3 5 1 4 14
6. Swansea 9 4 2 3 3 14
7. Liverpool 9 4 2 3 1 14
8. Man Utd 9 3 4 2 3 13
9. Everton 9 3 3 3 2 12
10. Hull City 9 2 5 2 0 11
11. Spurs 9 3 2 4 -2 11

Breaking League News

Sakho Touch And Go For Stoke
West Ham : 30/10/2014 13:01:00
Blind amp; Di Maria Loving It!
Man Utd : 30/10/2014 10:16:00
Oviedo keen to return
Everton : 30/10/2014 10:00:00
The Ped Report..City 0-2 Newcastle United
Man City : 30/10/2014 09:54:00
Jagielka a proper leader and a proper captain
Everton : 30/10/2014 09:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

City v United?
Suggested By:  
Home win! 0%
Away win! 0%
Draw! 100%