Man Utd flop unrecognisable after producing one in every of Prem’s largest howlers

Manchester United flop Massimo Taibi appears nearly unrecognisable over 24 years on from his notorious Premier League howler.

The Red Devils signed goalkeeper Taibi for £4.5million from Serie A aspect Venezia in the summertime of 1999, and he entered Sir Alex Ferguson‘s beginning XI instantly to deputise for the injured Mark Bosnick.

He was named Man of the Match on his debut, a 3-2 win in opposition to Liverpool, however shortly went from hero to zero when he let Matt Le Tissier’s tame shot slip by means of his legs in a 3-3 draw with Southampton.

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Taibi made only one extra United look after that obtrusive error, a 5-0 defeat to Chelsea which spelled the tip of his time on the membership. United loaned him again to Italy within the January switch window earlier than promoting him to Reggina for £2.5m on the finish of the season.

Nowadays the previous shot stopper is sporting director of his previous aspect, who play in Serie D after being expelled from the second tier of Italian soccer for monetary irregularities. Taibi shaved his head final 12 months however his curls have since grown again.

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Massimo Taibo dejected after conceding for Manchester United against Southampton on September 25, 1999
Taibi produced one of many Premier League’s biggest-ever howlers in September 1999

Recalling his time at United, he beforehand stated: “It was just one of those things which 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.

“I had the same incident like that at Torino. It occurs. It’s an accident, not an error. An error is to come back out for the ball and miss it however an innocuous shot which matches by means of your legs is only a whole accident.

Taibi Massimo of DS Reggina during the Italian soccer Serie B match Reggina 1914 vs Venezia FC on April 10, 2023
The retired goalkeeper is now sporting director of former membership Reggina in his native Italy

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“Unfortunately, the week after, we went to Chelsea and lost 5-0 and as I couldn’t play in the Champions League having already been registered with Milan, Ferguson decided, rightly, to sit me out for a little, to give me time to learn the language.”

While Taibi is remembered by English followers for his clanger, he remarkably scored for Reggina in April 2001, heading dwelling a vital equaliser in a relagtion conflict in opposition to Udinese.