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  1. Van der Sar’s windyness cost us a goal v the scouse. Unforgivable. No question it’s Schmeichel best that’s ever played anywhere

  2. Van der Sar’s windyness cost us a goal v the scouse. Unforgivable. No question it’s Schmeichel best that’s ever played anywhere

  3. I think it’s cute that people seem to forget the fact that Schmeics had Jaap Stam, Irwin, Johnsen, Neville etc in front of him, VDS had Ferd, Vidic, Evra etc in front of him, and De Gea had Smalling, Jones and Fabio. Rofl.

    De Gea takes this all week. He’s been shit for 2 seasons, but at his best De Gea is clearly better than the other two.

  4. I think it’s cute that people seem to forget the fact that Schmeics had Jaap Stam, Irwin, Johnsen, Neville etc in front of him, VDS had Ferd, Vidic, Evra etc in front of him, and De Gea had Smalling, Jones and Fabio. Rofl.

    De Gea takes this all week. He’s been shit for 2 seasons, but at his best De Gea is clearly better than the other two.

  5. Great debate and banter lads really enjoyed that, Cheers!

    There’s a good argument for both Schmeichel and VdS to be considered the GOAT MUFC goalkeeper; de Gea has the fastest reflexes and greater agility and he was our stand out player for four straight seasons, no argument; but as fantastic as de Gea has been for us he just doesn’t have the character, leadership, mental discipline or all round game that Schmeichel had, nor the consistency, positioning, communication skills, concentration, ice cold nerve and dependability of Van de Saar who was almost as agile as Spanish Dave.

    The fact that VdS was the best Goalkeeper in both Fulham and Ajax’s history, was Holland’s second most capped player ever, only arrived at United at the age of 35 and continued to perform at the same high level for 5 years is a testament to his incredible fitness, ability, ambition, hunger, drive and determination throughout his career.

    He was by far the most decorated goalkeeper of the three and it was probably only Martin Atkinson’s refereeing in United’s undeserved 2011, 6th round FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth and then Lionel Messi’s brilliance in that years ECL final which prevented him (and United) from matching Schmeichel’s 99 Treble winning team’s achievements.

    Like Schmeichel before him in 1999 and, at the ripe old age of 40 years and 211 days, Edwin bowed out at the top by playing his last ever game for United in a Champions League final; unlike the great Dane he didn’t win a Treble,….but neither did he spoil his legacy by going on to play for the enemy or put his son in the City youth team which, to me, was actually a worse betrayal than him playing for City.

    Despite that, and his occasional wobbly periods, I’d have to give the nod to Schmeichel as United’s GOAT Goalkeeper; he could have played in any era and come out on top, he was an absolute beast; someone with his build and weight had absolutely no business being as agile and athletic as Schmeichel was and the sight of his star jumps and seeing him dominating everybody in his 18 yard box and bareing down on opposition strikers was a bit like watching a heavyweight bare Knuckle Circus ring fighter taking on all comers and knocking them all into the middle of next week, he couldn’t be more different from Van Der Saar and de Gea in that regard and he probably wouldn’t be able to get away with that kind of physicality in today’s game.

    By way of contrast Van Der Saar occasionally struggled against more physical opposition but he was tall, brave and clever enough to be able to make a save not to get clattered too often, most of the time.

    De Gea would not have lasted 5 minutes in the 90’s at any stage of his career. For all his undoubted brilliance his frailty, lack of self confidence, the way he’s used his position to hold the club to ransom and his loss of focus since the last world cup makes him a distant third for me. He will never be a club legend in the way that Edwin, Schmeichel, Stepney and Harry Gregg are…that’s not all his fault of course but he’s always been distant from the fans and I can’t see him being on MUTV much or being a club ambassador once he retires. Personally I would have been happy for Olé to have sold him and have Henderson battling it out with Romero but Covid19 has made him as unsellable as Pogba.

    So, strictly in the context of the Manchester United Football Club GOAT goalkeeper, it has to be Schmeichel….just! ……but Edwin had the more successful domestic career overall and I have a lot of respect for his intelligence, dignity, class and integrity. I would absolutely love him to be our DoF and I’m sure he would be the obvious choice of the majority of United fans for that position.

  6. Great debate and banter lads really enjoyed that, Cheers!

    There’s a good argument for both Schmeichel and VdS to be considered the GOAT MUFC goalkeeper; de Gea has the fastest reflexes and greater agility and he was our stand out player for four straight seasons, no argument; but as fantastic as de Gea has been for us he just doesn’t have the character, leadership, mental discipline or all round game that Schmeichel had, nor the consistency, positioning, communication skills, concentration, ice cold nerve and dependability of Van de Saar who was almost as agile as Spanish Dave.

    The fact that VdS was the best Goalkeeper in both Fulham and Ajax’s history, was Holland’s second most capped player ever, only arrived at United at the age of 35 and continued to perform at the same high level for 5 years is a testament to his incredible fitness, ability, ambition, hunger, drive and determination throughout his career.

    He was by far the most decorated goalkeeper of the three and it was probably only Martin Atkinson’s refereeing in United’s undeserved 2011, 6th round FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth and then Lionel Messi’s brilliance in that years ECL final which prevented him (and United) from matching Schmeichel’s 99 Treble winning team’s achievements.

    Like Schmeichel before him in 1999 and, at the ripe old age of 40 years and 211 days, Edwin bowed out at the top by playing his last ever game for United in a Champions League final; unlike the great Dane he didn’t win a Treble,….but neither did he spoil his legacy by going on to play for the enemy or put his son in the City youth team which, to me, was actually a worse betrayal than him playing for City.

    Despite that, and his occasional wobbly periods, I’d have to give the nod to Schmeichel as United’s GOAT Goalkeeper; he could have played in any era and come out on top, he was an absolute beast; someone with his build and weight had absolutely no business being as agile and athletic as Schmeichel was and the sight of his star jumps and seeing him dominating everybody in his 18 yard box and bareing down on opposition strikers was a bit like watching a heavyweight bare Knuckle Circus ring fighter taking on all comers and knocking them all into the middle of next week, he couldn’t be more different from Van Der Saar and de Gea in that regard and he probably wouldn’t be able to get away with that kind of physicality in today’s game.

    By way of contrast Van Der Saar occasionally struggled against more physical opposition but he was tall, brave and clever enough to be able to make a save not to get clattered too often, most of the time.

    De Gea would not have lasted 5 minutes in the 90’s at any stage of his career. For all his undoubted brilliance his frailty, lack of self confidence, the way he’s used his position to hold the club to ransom and his loss of focus since the last world cup makes him a distant third for me. He will never be a club legend in the way that Edwin, Schmeichel, Stepney and Harry Gregg are…that’s not all his fault of course but he’s always been distant from the fans and I can’t see him being on MUTV much or being a club ambassador once he retires. Personally I would have been happy for Olé to have sold him and have Henderson battling it out with Romero but Covid19 has made him as unsellable as Pogba.

    So, strictly in the context of the Manchester United Football Club GOAT goalkeeper, it has to be Schmeichel….just! ……but Edwin had the more successful domestic career overall and I have a lot of respect for his intelligence, dignity, class and integrity. I would absolutely love him to be our DoF and I’m sure he would be the obvious choice of the majority of United fans for that position.

  7. look . if u wanna say that Schmeichel had big team and ddg dont . Schmeichel won Euro with Denmark and ddg struggled with a star studded spain !!!!!!

  8. look . if u wanna say that Schmeichel had big team and ddg dont . Schmeichel won Euro with Denmark and ddg struggled with a star studded spain !!!!!!

  9. I don’t remember anything about Schmeichel given the fact i was 4 when he left the club. Edwin on the other hand i remember a lot about. Had a ton of love for him. De Gea has a chance to cement his legacy at the club as long as he refind’s some form. I think one thing we can agree on though, We have been blessed with some genuinely incredible goal keepers. Even now we have a 30 year old De Gea and a 23 year old Henderson breathing down his neck.

  10. I don’t remember anything about Schmeichel given the fact i was 4 when he left the club. Edwin on the other hand i remember a lot about. Had a ton of love for him. De Gea has a chance to cement his legacy at the club as long as he refind’s some form. I think one thing we can agree on though, We have been blessed with some genuinely incredible goal keepers. Even now we have a 30 year old De Gea and a 23 year old Henderson breathing down his neck.

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