The Man United man who had a cracking debut before utterly ruining it

Peter Schmeichel was a force to be reckoned with at Manchester United.

The Great Dane was a beast between the sticks, and is widely considered to have been one of the greatest goalkeepers to have played on these shores.

So when he left Old Trafford after helping United to the treble in 1999, there was a colossal void to fill for whoever came in to replace him.

That man was Massimo Taibi.

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And although he will go down as one of the worst signings the club has ever made, his career in Manchester started on a high.

Both Marc Bosnich and Raimond van der Gouw were injured, so Taibi, who had signed for £4.5million from Venezia, started his first game under Sir Alex Ferguson against Liverpool.

Although he flapped at a cross that allowed Sami Hyypia to score, he went on to make a successions of wonderful saves, earning a Man of the Match award as United went on to win the game 3-2. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you. Take a look:

It appeared as though, once he found his feet in English football, Taibi could go on to be a decent signing, but the opposite would prove true.

Taibi competed for the No 1 jersey, but his card was marked when he made his infamous howler against Southampton, allowing Matt Le Tissier to score.

Taibi was sold the following summer after just four appearances in the Premier League.

He spent the next nine years plying his trade at average Italian sides like Reggina, Atalanta and Torino.

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