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The legacy of Schmeichel to continue at Manchester United?

The name Schmeichel is no doubt a familiar name for Manchester United fans across the globe. Peter Schmeichel, one of United’s greatest ever goalkeepers has a notorious reputation around Manchester after playing for both City and United, with his most successful years coming with the latter. The big Dane left United with five Premier League and three FA Cup winner’s medals before leaving for Portugal after United’s famous treble winning season, in which he also won the Champions League for the first time.

Recent reports have however suggested that United are back in for goalkeeper Schmeichel – no not Peter Schmeichel, his son. Kasper Schmeichel may not have followed his father’s footsteps in terms of club caliber, but the thirty-year-old has however transformed into one of the League’s finest stoppers, playing an instrumental role in Leicester City’s title-winning campaign last season. Following strong speculation around David De Gea’s future, United could well be in the hunt for a new goalkeeper and recent reports have suggested that Mourinho has made Schmeichel his number one target.

What is being reported and by who?

Surprisingly, the potential transfer of Kasper Schmeichel joining Manchester United has not stemmed from tabloid gossip, but instead the first platform to report the story has been Sky Sports, who have stated that United have overtaken neighbours City to take pole position in signing the Dane. The report does also indicate that United would only look to sign Schmeichel should De Gea leave in the summer following more speculation regarding the Spaniard’s future at Old Trafford. Both The Express and Sports Mole have reported the prospective transfer but do not reference any further sources other than Sky Sports. All three platforms have, however, picked up on Schmeichel leaving his long-term representative to join Italian agent, Luca Bascherini, a man with close relations to Manchester United.

What type of player is Kasper Schmeichel?

As mentioned, Kasper Schmeichel has developed into one of the League’s top goalkeepers and certainly caught the eye of fans during Leicester’s surprise title-winning campaign, keeping a remarkable 15 clean sheets. Schmeichel’s best qualities no doubt lie in his shot stopping abilities, as to whether it be from long or close range it usually takes something special to beat the Dane who is ever so athletic in diving across his goal, stopping shots in any of the corners. Fans may recall Schmeichel’s incredible last-minute save in their UEFA Champions League clash against Copenhagen, a competition where he managed to keep four clean sheets in seven appearances including two penalty saves. Similar to his father, Kasper Schmeichel also possesses a very fiery and passionate attitude making him a true leader at the back through continuous communication with his back line. Whilst operating as rather a very modern goalkeeper, Schmeichel is also notorious for his reading of the game and not being hesitant in charging off his line to cut out any long balls from the opposition.

Likelihood of the transfer

Following the reporting of the news coming from Sky Sports, the potential transfer of Schmeichel does, therefore, hold some creditability as they do normally act as a reliable source, particularly with their United stories. However, it must be noted that any potential signing of a goalkeeper clearly relies on the future of David De Gea and whether he opts to leave for Real Madrid. Should this happen, then it looks as if Mourinho is opting for a cheaper replacement than what fans seemingly want through the likes of Jan Oblak or even Gianluigi Donnarumma. Old Trafford would surely serve as a desirable location for Schmeichel, not only considering Leicester’s current league position but also who would dare write a more fitting script than for the son of arguably United’s best ever goalkeeper to become their next star in goal.

Written by Joshua Gmerek-Iftakhar

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