Man Utd boss Ferguson: I tried to sign Maldini
Ferguson asked former Italy boss Cesare if his son would leave AC Milan for United.
Ferguson, who is struggling with a defensive injury crisis at United, said: "I always wanted to get Paolo here but it was impossible.
"I met his father at a game and told him how much I'd love to have his son at United.
"Cesare smiled at me and said 'My grandfather was Milan, my father was Milan, I played for Milan and now my son is Milan'.
"And that was it - story over!"