Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has stated that he “would love to see” his son, Kasper, play for Manchester United one day. The older Schmeichel was part of an iconic Red Devils side which achieved the treble in 1999 and was regarded as argubaly the best goalkeeper in the world during his playing days – with the IFFHS ranking Schmeichel among the top ten keepers of the 20th century in 2000, while also winning a public poll held by Reuters, when the majority of the 200,000 participants voted him as the best goalkeeper ever, ahead of Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks in 2001.
The 55-year-old, who would also love to see David Moyes still managing at Old Trafford, expressed concerns over his son’s future at Leicester recently. “They’ve got good players,” he said of the Foxes. “They just don’t have the manager who can get the best out of them. Once they get everything sorted out, and I leave it to you to interpret what that means, you’ll see Leicester maybe in fifth to eighth place, where they belong.”
Schmeichel would take great pleasure in seeing his Premier League title-winning son following in his footsteps and joining the club. “I enjoy seeing Kasper playing for Leicester City,” he said. “I think what they’ve done is fantastic and he’s one of the pillars of that club. Of course I’d love to see him play for Man United, but I just want my son to be happy where he’s playing and playing well.”
A move for the younger Schmeichel to join the Red Devils could prove difficult, though, as the 32 year old has a contract with current club, Leicester City, which expires in 2023. Ironically, he began his career at United’s city rival, Manchester City, and though he appeared to have made the City number 1 jersey his own at the start of the 2007–08 season, the emergence of Joe Hart resulted in Schmeichel being loaned to Cardiff City.
But the signing of Republic of Ireland international Shay Given in January 2009 meant that Schmeichel fell even further down the pecking order at City, and in August 2009, he was allowed to link up with former manager Sven-Göran Eriksson at Notts County. He joined Leeds United in May 2010, but again, his tenure at the club would only last one season before he was the subject of a transfer to Leicester City, where he would again work under Eriksson. Schmeichel has gone on to play over 300 competitive games for Leicester, winning the Championship in the 2013–14 season and the Premier League in 2015–16.