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Name Peter Schmeichel
Gender Male
Nationality Denmark
Ethnic Danish
Job Danish Footballer
Desc The impenetrable foundation upon which five of Manchester United’s Premier League titles were built. A natural and formidable leader who helped to redefine what we expect from his position, while dragging United’s defence up to a new level of excellence. Sir Alex Ferguson’s long struggle to adequately replace him demonstrates just how brilliant he was


Org Denmark National Team
Club as Player Manchester City
  Aston Villa
  Manchester United


Teammate Ryan Giggs
  Paul Scholes
  Gary Neville
  Nicky Butt
  David Beckham
  Roy Keane
Coach Sir Alex Fergusson

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] You only have to go on MUTV and watch programmes like ‘Ruud van Nistelrooy: all the goals’, ‘Andy Cole: All the goals’ and so on, and see how many goals they scored came from his crosses. A cross was him is as good as a goal. His crossing was unbelievable

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] A great all-round midfielder. I used to look forward to playing him because he made every one of us raise our game. Arsenal had a great side, but I firmly believe without him they would’ve been 25 per cent weaker

2015 11 29 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Box to box, probably the best midfield player in terms of being an engine for the team that I’ve played with. He never really had bad games, [and] was a good leader in midfield

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] First of all, he is an incredible man-manager. To be that, you have to know who you’re dealing with, and he knew everyone, every single player at the club, every parent’s name, everyone who is employed at the club, despite the circulation of players during the summer. That’s a very big skill, and a very important thing for him in order to do his job. When I retired, every now and then I went to watch training, and he was very happy for old players to come back. He’d be walking around with his hands in his pockets, watching training, and would say, ‘Come, let’s go and watch the kids.’ We’d watch the Under-17s, and he’d point to a player and say, ‘That player over there, he’s going to play in the League Cup 18 months from now. We’ll give him a game then, and he’ll probably be on the bench once, maybe twice.’ So he would be planning 18 months into the future. One year he let Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, and Andrei Kanchelskis leave in the same summer, and he didn’t bring anyone in. He said, ‘My responsibility is that if I want to bring kids through, I have to give them an opportunity to play, so I’ve got to make space in the team for them. [. . .] That’s knowing your players. He knows when players have to be moved on before anybody else, even the player themselves, and he knows who is going to replace them, and that’s one of his major talents. Then he has the ability to evolve and develop himself; over the course of 25 years you can’t be the same guy

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] Played football like it was all a dream – you couldn’t even imagine some of the things that he was capable of doing with a football

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[On Gianfranco Zola] I could never tell where he was going to shoot – unplayable and read the game like no other

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s Partnership] The game has changed a lot since I played – it’s much quicker nowadays and there are even more skilful players around. That’s why Rio and Vidic are so impressive

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s Partnership] Vidic has been the key to the defence. And he’s made Rio [Ferdinand] into a top-class player. I thought Rio was a very good defender before, but since Vidic has arrived they’ve both formed a settled partnership and Rio has developed brilliantly, just like Vidic

2016 06 23 Retrieve

[on Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United] (He) Came in when Manchester United were seriously lacking a no-nonsense defender. Full-blooded tackler, never afraid to boot the ball clear but very tactically aware at the same time. He’d put his foot or head in danger for the benefit of the team – as a goalkeeper you love that

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel compares the global standing of his old club Manchester United and their local rivals Manchester City] There’s no doubt, nobody can argue that Manchester United is not the biggest club in the world. It is. It’s the club with the most fans, supporters and there are numbers out there which are official numbers so you can’t argue that. But is it the best club in the world? It hasn’t been for three years, it hasn’t been even anywhere near the best club in England. Manchester City have been there or thereabouts, so you can argue that they are the bigger club in Manchester at the moment in terms of results. But in terms of popularity, they’ve got no chance of being anywhere near the biggest in the world

2016 10 01 Retrieve

[Peter Schmeichel speaks about Arsene Wenger’s qualities as the Arsenal manager celebrates 20 years with the club] I think he has been fantastic, we owe him so much gratitude. I think he introduced better play which we all took inspiration off. The competition he had with Sir Alex Ferguson made Manchester United much better, that’s for sure. I think all in all he has made the Premier League so much better and I am not one of those guys who want him gone. I want to see him carry on because he has so much to offer English football

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] This guy finds the goals, finds the little tricks. He finds whatever the crowd needs at any given time. He was born to play for Manchester United