Peter SCHMEICHEL

Manchester United

Peter Schmeichel - Manchester United - Biography of his football career at Old Trafford.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 21 March 1992

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    • POSITION
      Goalkeeper
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 18 November 1963
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Gladsake, Denmark
  • CLUBS
  • Aston Villa
    • Club Career Dates
      2001-2002
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 18th August 2001 in a 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur (Aged: 37)
    • Club Career
      29 League apps, 1 goal
  • Manchester City FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2002-2003
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 24th August 2002 in a 1-0 win at home to Newcastle United (Aged: 38)
    • Club Career
      29 League apps, 0 goals
  • Manchester United
    • Club Career Dates
      1991-1998
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th August 1991 in a 2-0 win at home to Notts County (Aged: 27)
    • Club Career
      292 League apps
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Peter SCHMEICHEL - Manchester United - Biography of his football career at Old Trafford.

 

 

 Peter Schmeichel joined Manchester United in August 1991 as a little known Danish goalkeeper from Brondby for £500, 000. A United supporter as a boy, he made his debut for the club on 17th August 1991 in a 2-0 home win against Notts County. Further clean sheets followed, as Schmeichel remained unbeaten until the fifth game of the season. He played in all 42 games of the 1991/92 league season and conceded only 33 goals, however, this wasn't enough to secure the Championship as United finished second to Leeds United. His performances did help the team to silverware that season and another clean sheet came in a 1-0 League Cup Final victory against Nottingham Forest. Peter helped his country to European Championship glory in the summer of '92 and by the end of the 1992/93 campaign he had become a household name. Having grown up playing handball, he brought those skills to the art of goalkeeping and his star-shaped spread in a one on one situation frustrated strikers around both England and Europe. Schmeichel featured heavily in United's victorious league campaign as the Red Devils finally ended their 26-year wait, sealing the title with seven consecutive wins to finish ten points clear of Aston Villa. Another league title came the following season and United also appeared in both domestic cup finals. A 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the League Cup was sweetened by a 4-0 win against Chelsea in the F.A. Cup to complete United's first double. In March 1994, Schmeichel surpassed Alex Stepney's record of 92 successive games for the club. Injury kept him out of six weeks in the middle of the 1994/5 season and when he returned even the Great Dane could not stop the season ending in disappointment. Failure to win in the last league game against West Ham saw the title go to Blackburn Rovers and the despair was compounded with a 1-0 FA Cup Final defeat against Everton. (Steve Drabble)

 

 

 Peter Schmeichel pictured on 3rd. April 1999.     Photo Nigel French.  ©  G.H.

 

 By now widely recognised as a world-class keeper, Schmeichel's talents were not limited to his own box. His quick and accurate release of the ball set up many an attack, as United became 'the counter attacking team'. If in need of a goal late on, Schmeichel could regularly be seen in the opposition penalty area if they got a corner. It was from one such corner in an ultimately unsuccessful Uefa Cup first round game against Rotor Volgograd in September 1995 that Schmeichel scored his solitary United goal. Despite European failure, United's 1995/96 season was a resounding success. 12 clean sheets in United's last 16 league games helped pip Newcastle United to the title. A 1-0 victory at St James Park with 10 games to go saw one of Peter's greatest performances as Newcastle laid siege to his goal. Having taken the title, United became the first team in English football history to win the 'double' twice when they beat Liverpool 1-0 in the F.A. Cup Final. Further League Championships followed in 1997 and 1999 and United again doubled-up in 1999 taking the FA Cup. In November 1998, Schmeichel announced that he would be retiring from English football at the end of the season. His decision was caused by concerns that he would be unable to maintain his high standards in such a hectic and congested fixture list as the years rolled on. His final game came as United played Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final hoping to achieve an unprecedented 'treble'. Schmeichel captained the side and, as they entered injury-time 1-0 down, United were awarded a corner. Schmeichel duly obliged and caused chaos in the Munich defence, Teddy Sheringham scored and, following a further strike from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Peter was lifting the trophy. A fitting end to a magnificent career. (Steve Drabble)