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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

Affiliation

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

Relationship

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

2012 11 20 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes the Red Devils should beat Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday, despite selecting a youthful squad for the trip] It’s not important to not to take our best players like Rooney and Van Persie. We are Manchester United and our goal, which is winning, doesn’t change. I can’t forget the games we played Arsenal in 1999 which was the FA Cup [semi-final replay] clash.

2013 06 12 Retrieve

[Ten Legends of the Beautiful Game to be honoured by National Football Museum] I am very proud to join the Hall of Fame. Such great goalkeepers have played in England over the years – the likes of Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and Bert Trautmann. And at Manchester United I was part of such a fantastic team led by Sir Alex.

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

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Peter Schmeichel says Solskjaer has done a tremendous job at Manchester United in a short space of time] I think he’s done a tremendous job. I think he’s far exceeded my expectations on what could be done in a relatively short period of time, it has to be said. Basically what he’s taken over is six years of too many different directions. He’s taken over players that were with Sir Alex (Ferguson), he’s taken over players that were with (David) Moyes and Louis Van Gaal and then (Jose) Mourinho. All of them are different. They’re different in their approach, they’re different in the players they like. So he’s not really had an opportunity to build what he wants but he has. I think he has been helped by circumstances for absolutely sure but he’s given opportunities to players who you always thought that they were good, they could do the job, but because of the lack of patience or understanding of the players’ ability

Getting into the Champions League, that is a massive leap towards [winning the Premier League in the future]. Not getting into the Champions League is not a disaster because it’s another year of development and I don’t think there’s anything wrong in taking one step back to take two steps forward. But if we could manage to get into the Champions League, that would mean that the up-and-coming transfer windows will have a different feel to it because the best players in the world want to compete in the Champions League.

2020 06 10b Retrieve

[Peter Schmeichel has described Fred as one of the great stories of Manchester United’s season] Fred has been, for me, absolutely instrumental in how well the club has done this season. He was always perfect for the club but he’s now been given playing time and the more time he’s been given, the more confidence he’s gained and for me, he’s been one of the great stories this season at Manchester United. Of course it’s down to Fred but it’s down to Ole for giving him that confidence. I like that. I like the way he’s kind of introduced players that were already there but are now in the first team and are now playing well. He’s also brought all these values in. The players now know them. If you don’t share our values, there’s no place for you here. So you have to live up to his values. And he’s bringing in his own culture and you can see it and it’s there and it’s brilliant

2020 06 19 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has labelled Odion Ighalo’s signing as one of the most positive surprises ever] I think he’s been one of the most positive surprises ever. First of all his personality around the club, he’s been a revelation around the club. Everybody has tagged on and liked him straight away. When you have that kind of personality, it changes the whole team. Someone who brings a laugh into the dressing room, rather than coming in grumpy or not saying anything. It changes the dynamics, and what he’s done on the pitch, that really has surprised me. I was kind of confused, because it was last day and it looked as if they were just needing and looking to bring someone in - but that’s not the truth, and what he’s done is just fantastic. Another thing as well, someone like him, all of his life the only thing he really wanted to achieve was to play for Manchester United. Now that has been cut short by circumstances that are out of everybody’s control. For what he’s done, in the very few games he’s ended up playing, it would have been heart-breaking if that was to stop.

I think he might not be a starter but he might be somebody you can throw into the mix. You’ve seen him in the Europa League, like Ole himself, he can come on and change a game. Nobody, nobody, knows that better than the Manchester United manager. The value of having someone on the bench who can change a game, so I’m really happy about that.

2020 06 19b Retrieve

[Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel claims to be absolutely convinced that Paul Pogba will remain at the club] I’m absolutely convinced he wants to stay. I think we’ll see somebody, more of the player we saw a year ago.

[Pushed to explain why he is so confident Pogba will remain on the books of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side] I just know – you speak to the right people. One thing is how he’s portrayed in the media for what he does and what he says himself, and another thing is what his agent is doing. And a completely different thing is what it’s really like. He wanted to come back to Manchester United, he wanted to come back. And he has got, like any other player at that level in the world, he’s got his pride. And I don’t think he wants to leave. I don’t think so.

I think when Ole came, we straight away saw with Ole’s guidance and his knowledge with Paul, we saw precisely what he can give us. And that’s a lot. Unfortunately I don’t think he’s gotten great representation. He’s such a valuable asset so it’s great to shift him to another club, because that’s a lot of money to make. I think that if you have somebody telling you that in your ear at some point you’re bound to be confused. You’re a young player. All he should be content and focused on is playing. I hope with this period of being out of the game, I hope that with Ole’s management skills, he’s going to come back and love playing for Manchester United.