Friday 31 May 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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.