Schmeichel ‘nibbles’ at Carragher jibe over Man Utd claim

Date published: Wednesday 24th November 2021 1:47 - Will Ford

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher speaks

Peter Schmeichel rose to Jamie Carragher’s bait in a discussion over Manchester United’s search for a new manager.

Schmeichel claimed he would take over at Old Trafford if he was asked as he would “do anything for the club”.

The goalkeeper made nearly 400 appearances for United in eight seasons with the club, winning five Premier League titles in the process.

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Having left England for Sporting Lisbon in 1999, he returned two years later to play first for Aston Villa, and then bitter rivals Manchester City.

And Carragher was quick to bring up his move to City while working alongside Schmeichel and Micah Richards for CBS Sports‘ Champions League coverage.

Asked if he would take the interim job at Old Trafford, Schmeichel responded: “I would do anything for that club. I would, of course, I would. I would help them out in any way I could!”

Carragher then interjected: “You signed for Man City, didn’t you?”

Cue uncontrollable Richard laughter as Schmeichel hit back: “You know what’s really, really interesting: after your club [ Liverpool ] has won one Premier League… all of a sudden, you’re all the way up there looking down on us.”

Richards declared: “That’s a big nibble!”

Schmeichel also threw his weight behind former teammate Steve Bruce, who was sacked by Newcastle last month and has been linked with an interim role at United.

“I would love to have somebody who comes in now to put pressure on the players,” Schmeichel said. “A new voice, get them out there performing.

“Without making massive changes in style, or system, or something that the next one, the real one, the one they really want, has to come in and then start over again.

“Work on defending, not conceding goals. You cannot concede the number of goals we are doing and anybody who goes in there would need to start with that.

“You have to take small steps, you can’t just jump straight in and say we are going to play a pressing game. You can’t do that, the first thing you have to do is give confidence to everybody in the team.

“I just like the idea, if it is an interim, get somebody who knows the club. Get somebody who is known by the club as well. Somebody like Steve Bruce.”


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