Stepney: Schmeichel United's top stopper

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Manchester United legend Alex Stepney rates Peter Schmeichel as the club's greatest ever goalkeeper, ahead of the recently retired Edwin van der Sar.

All three keepers have written themselves in United history, having each won the European Cup with the club, with Stepney between the sticks for their first trump against Benfica in 1968.

And while Stepney admits the two have been superb for the Old Trafford club, he feels the greets Dane edges over his Dutch counterpart.

"Obviously, it's between Schmeichel and Edwin for the title of United's best keeper," Stepney said.

"I thought Edwin was fantastic in every way, he was completely different to Peter in so many respects.

"But Peter was awesome - his kicking, his throwing, his organisation and talking to his defence. He actually frightened forwards and not many goalkeepers do that today.


"I will say that when Schmeichel came to Old Trafford, he had to learn and he learned very quickly and, when he finished, he was the complete article.

"He couldn't go out in a better way than he did [in 1999 after captaining the side when they won the treble] and it was a good six years before Edwin came in.

"It's a pity he didn't come in straight away but that's the way things are.

"Edwin came to United as the finished article and what he did at his age, from 34 to 40, to help United win four league championships and reach three Champions League finals, was incredible.

"I think Edwin's unlucky but I've got to say, at the end of the day, Peter just edges it from my point of view."

Schmeichel left the club following that triumph in the final against Bayern Munich, while last season's defeat to Barcelona at Wembley signalled the end of Van der Sar's six year career at the club.

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