The Red Devils legend has emphasised the need for goalkeepers to inspire confidence in the rest of the team at Old Trafford as David de Gea’s exit to Real Madrid looms
Peter Schmeichel believes Sergio Romero must quickly become accustomed to playing at a “very aggressive football club” if he is to have any chance of taking the No.1 shirt at Manchester United.
The Argentine international completed a free transfer to Old Trafford on Monday, with Louis van Gaal admitting that the move prepares the club for the potential exit of David de Gea.
It took United six years, however, to adequately replace Schmeichel, a five-time Premier League champion, and the Dane emphasised the need for a United goalkeeper to inspire confidence in the players in front of him.
“The goalkeeping job at Manchester United has always been important,” he told Goal at the filming of the new Carlsberg advert ‘If Carlsberg Did Kickabouts’.
“It has always been important because of the style of play. Manchester United is a very aggressive, attack-minded football club, it’s chasing wins and it’s chasing goals.
“When you do that you commit people forward, and when you commit people forward you need strong defenders and a strong goalkeeper who can understand what’s going to happen next in terms of what the team is doing.
“Certain goalkeepers that were signed after I left the club didn’t have that.
“They didn’t have that confidence, didn’t inspire that confidence onto their team-mates and their immediate defenders. That was a big problem. Fortunately it was sorted out when Edwin [van der Sar] came in, and the standard of goalkeeping was back to where it should be.”