Barthez is remembered fondly by Manchester United fans despite struggling to live up to his blockbuster billing.
The former Red Devils No1 signed for the club from Marseille in 2000, shortly after helping France reign supreme at the European Championships.
He went on to spend four years at Old Trafford but toiled, eventually being replaced by the likes of Tim Howard and Roy Carroll.
And Krautzun, who was a close confidant with Ferguson during the Scot’s time in charge of Manchester United, says the former manager surprisingly let Barthez puff away on a cigarette on the eve of a Premier League clash.
He told the Set Pieces website that he was with Ferguson at a “posh restaurant in Manchester.”
Barthez had supposedly lit a cigarette in the corner, where he was sat with his girlfriend.
Upon seeing Ferguson enter the premises, the 46-year-old did his best to hide the habit.
But Krautzun claims the Scot allowed it, saying: “Don’t worry, son! You can smoke, I saw that you were smoking.
“You’re going to play tomorrow anyway!”
Speaking in June, Ferguson said Barthez was better outfield than between the sticks.
“Since they stopped the pass back, it meant they had to use their feet,” Ferguson said.
“It has become a great part of the game today and I think when you see the performances of Manuel Neuer, he’s incredible.
“They played in the 2013 Super Cup final against Chelsea, and when they were chasing the winning goal, he played on the halfway line like the sweeper.
“I had Fabien Barthez. Other goalkeepers would play safety first: ‘If I can pass to one of my team-mates, that’s my job.’
“Fabien had a wee bit more. He liked the excitement of taking care of the ball.
“I remember he kept telling me he was a better outfield player.
“He could play sometimes in Friday-morning games before the Saturday game, in small-sided games, he had good feet.”
Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:18:45 +0000