Peter Schmeichel tips United for the title
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has tipped the Red Devils to go on and clinch their 20th title this season. The “Great Dane”, who was a part of United’s treble winning side, claimed that United have the necessary qualities to thrive under pressure. Speaking to the club’s official site on the occasion of Manchester United Foundation’s Lunch with Legends event, Schmeichel said:
“The players, the staff, the fans… they all know what this stage of the season is like. This is the point of the season where history and tradition excels. This is when that really counts.”
The 48 year old played down the importance of winning every single game left in the season, adding that the current premier league season has been one full of all kinds of twists and turns.
“It’s been an odd season. United beat Arsenal 8-2 and then lost 3-2 to Blackburn, who then went and lost 7-1 to Arsenal a few weeks later. You don’t know what’s going to happen next.
“What you need to understand, though, is that you can have bad results in March and April and still win the league. Players at United know that losing one game won’t lose you the title. They know that’s no reason to panic.”
Schmeichel, who last played professional football for rivals Manchester City for the 2002-03 season, feels that United should concentrate on their own game and not get pressurized by how their title rivals are performing.
“All you hear about in March, April and May on the TV or radio is the title race and people analysing who’s going to win and who’s going to lose. It’s relentless and there’s no way you can avoid it. The media will talk about every defeat as if it’s the end of the world. There’s so much pressure on players at this time of the year, so the last thing you need is to invite more pressure on yourself by believing all the headlines when you drop points.
“And that’s where United have the advantage. If you’ve not been in that situation before, it’s easy to believe what you read or see on Sky Sports News. United have been here so many times. They know they can win the league even if they drop points. And that will be crucial.”