Schmeichel backs Reina to succeed at Man Utd

Former goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel believes that Liverpool's Pepe Reina would be the perfect choice to replace Edwin van der Sar in goal for Manchester United.

Peter Schmeichel


Peter Schmeichel: A star for Denmark and Manchester United.

Van der Sar, 40, is coming to the end of a glittering career having joined from Fulham in 2005. A string of keepers have been linked with the position, including Schalke's Manuel Neuer and Atletico's David de Gea, but Schmeichel believes one man is better than the rest.

"I'm pretty sure they would go for someone like Reina. I'm pretty sure that's what they are trying to do," Schmeichel told Beyond The Pitch. "You can look at talent, you can look at young, good players - you don't want that. You want someone that can go in straight away and give performances in 80% of the games that the No. 1 choice goalkeeper will play for Manchester United.

"Too many goalkeepers have been through in and out of the doors at Manchester United and I think now the general perception is, for this team to play well and win trophies, that position has to be someone who is of the very, very highest quality, but also with the right experience and that's why I think someone like Reina would fit the bill.

"The rumours are very, very strong around Old Trafford with this. A lot of goalkeepers are mentioned, but Reina seems to be the one that fits in the team and if he ever was to leave Liverpool, which again there is a big, big rumour he will, Manchester United would be a great club for him to come to.

"I hope that someone like Pepe Reina will go to United when Edwin calls it a day and I hear rumours that he is going to leave Liverpool so for him to go to Man Utd would be very, very good for us."

Schmeichel also criticised Manchester City's transfer policy, claiming that they need to build a foundation at the club.

The Dane kept goal for both clubs during his career, but made his name as one of the world's best at Old Trafford, and has watched events at Eastlands unfold, amid reports of dressing room unrest and the very visible on-pitch bust-up between Emmanuel Adebayor and Vincent Kompany against Wolves. Now he thinks he sees where they have gone wrong.

"If you see what they're doing, they're just buying, buying, buying, and they're buying problems," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "They have so many problems in that squad and that will continue.

"We [Manchester United] don't have that problem because we build a foundation and we build. That's been going on for 25 years and that's why we have that level of consistent performance. That's the policy of the football club and I like that."

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