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Friday 31 May 2013

On this day: Man Utd bring in Barthez to solve keeper dilemma

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall World Cup winner Fabien Barthez joining Man Utd

  • Fabien Barthez is unveiled as a Manchester United player at a press conference

  • Barthez became the third keeper to join Man Utd since Schmeichel's retirement

  • The World Cup winner kept 34 clean sheets in 92 Premier League appearances for Man Utd

  • French shot stopper Barthez won the Premier League title in 2001 and 2003 with Man Utd

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 31 May 2000 Fabien Barthez joins Man Utd from Monaco

Manchester United completed the signing of France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez from Monaco on a six-year-deal.

Barthez, who won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, was brought in to fill the void left by Peter Schmeichel, who retired in 1999 after a glorious spell with the club.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had previously brought in former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich and Italian Massimo Taibi in a bid to find a solution, but after they struggled he went for Barthez, who had a successful career in his homeland.

Barthez won the UEFA Champions League in 1993 with Marseille and, after joining Monaco two years later, he kept a clean sheet in the 1998 FIFA World Cup final as France beat Brazil to win the trophy.

After moving to Old Trafford, Barthez and France won the European Championships in 2000 and he followed it up with domestic success with United, as they claimed the 2000/01 Barclays Premier League title.

Arsenal wrested the title back in the 2001/02 season, but Ferguson's team regained it with Barthez as their first-choice goalkeeper in the next season.

The Frenchman left Old Trafford in January 2004 after making 92 appearances in three full Premier League seasons, during which he kept 34 clean sheets.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Manchester United recruiting Fabien Barthez in a bid to fill the void left by long-serving keeper Peter Schmeichel