Sir Alex Ferguson is still “mad” he was never able to sign Oliver Kahn.
That’s according to the Bayern Munich legend himself, who claims the ex-Red Devils boss wanted to sign him to replace Peter Schmeichel.
Manchester United struggled post-Schmeichel and had a number of goalkeepers who struggled at Old Trafford.
Ferguson even admitted it was one of the biggest mistakes of his managerial career when he failed to sign Van der Sar in the summer of 1999, after Peter Schmeichel had called time on his eight-year spell at Manchester United.
With Dutchman Van der Sar moving from Ajax to Juventus, Ferguson signed a number of goalkeepers who failed to live up to the demanding standards set by Schmeichel – Mark Bosnich, Massimo Taibi, Fabian Barthez, Tim Howard and Roy Carroll among them.
United finally landed Van der Sar in 2005 after he had spent three years in relative obscurity at Fulham to fill the shoes of the legendary Dane.
Meanwhile, German legendary goalkeeper, Oliver Khan has opened up about Sir Ferguson’s desire to bring him to Old Trafford between 2003 and 2004.
Speaking to German outlet Bild, Kahn said: “Sir Alex Ferguson is still mad at me today.
“He thought that I would move to Manchester United in 2003 or 2004, but I was more interested in trying to define an era at Bayern.
“Looking back, I should have done it then. It would have been a nice challenge for me.”
Kahn was involved in one of football’s most memorable games against Man United while in goal for Bayern Munich back in 1999.
Facing off against the Red Devils in the Champions League final, Kahn conceeded two goals in quick succession in the dying moments of the match as Man United won the thrilling encounter.
“I remember the Champions League final against Manchester United as a win in spectacular fashion,” recalled Kahn. “I just forgot the last two minutes.”