Man Utd boss Ferguson: I tried to sign Maldini

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he attempted to sign AC Milan legend Paolo 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!"