POPULAR former Southend United goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan will forever be remembered for his starring role in the Shrimpers’ memorable win against Manchester United.

But the ex shot-stopper does not feel his man of the match display was the best of his career.

Flahavan made a string of fine saves to keep Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney at bay during Blues’ 1-0 win at Roots Hall back in November 2006.

However, Flahavan still believes he played better elsewhere.

"It’s probably my favourite ever game but I don’t think it’s my best," said Flahavan.

"But when the ball is flying off the boot of Ronaldo, one of the greatest players in history it gets a lot more attention than Hartlepool away or some of the other games we had without being disrespectful to anyone.

"It was a memorable night though and Sir Alex Ferguson came into the dressing room after the game.

“He congratulated me on my performance and shook my hand which was really nice.”

However, that night was not the only time Flahavan would face Ronaldo.

“A few years later I played Ronaldo again when I was at Bournemouth and he was at Real Madrid,” confirmed Flahavan.

“Leading up to the game our win against Man United got mentioned and it was weird to have that billing against him.

“I like to pretend he remembered me and I tell everyone he did.

“But I’m not sure he really knew me from Adam in truth.”