Sir Alex Ferguson was told to ‘forget it’ when he approached Paolo Maldini’s father to sign him

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Sir Alex Ferguson will go down in history as one of the greatest managers that football has ever seen.

While in charge at Manchester United between 1986 and 2013, the Scotsman won too many honours to list.

To name a few though, he led the Red Devils to 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and also won the Champions League twice.

Ferguson also built a number of very impressive teams that could always challenge at the top level. 

The most famous is perhaps "The Class of '92" which included the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville. 

While managing United in his prime, there were very few players who would have turned down a move to Old Trafford to work with him.

TURNING FERGUSON DOWN

But a few years ago, Italian football legend Paolo Maldini revealed that he did just that after the Manchester club made an offer for him.

The move obviously never materialised and the defender instead stayed at AC Milan for the entirety of his 25-year career. 

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Maldini became an icon in Italy but things could have been very different if he had been tempted to England all those years ago.

Ferguson has since revealed that he actually made the approach personally and spoke to Cesare Maldini, Paolo's father.

But, the decision was never in doubt and Cesare had a brilliant reaction to Sir Alex's offer.     

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'FORGET IT' 

While reminiscing about the story on stage, Ferguson said that Cesare was a rather formidable figure and shook his head at the idea of Maldini leaving Italy before saying:  

"My grandfather is Milan, my father is Milan, I’m Milan and my son is Milan. Forget it". 

It makes for a great story now and one that Ferguson can look back on and laugh at. But when it happened, he was probably quite disappointed with that bullish reaction.

Although, Man United did alright without Maldini, didn't they?    

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