Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes the team’s display against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday was their best of the season.
Man United scored in the 79th minute through a Wayne Rooney header to earn all three points at Old Trafford and move top of their Champions League group ahead of the clash against PSV Eindhoven later this month.
Despite United squandering a large amount of their chances in front of goal, Schmeichel was encouraged by what he saw, and thinks that it is the best United have played all term.
“It is the best I have seen United play this season,” Schmeichel said.
“It looks like van Gaal may have listened to us – a little change of personnel, with Rooney playing off Martial, who was playing through the middle.
“And actually Rooney played really, really well. It looks like that is his position. Late on, he got into the No.9 position and he scored from that, but he drops deep, can pass the ball.
“He has a little bit of the same ability as Paul Scholes in that he can drop deep and put those long balls into the corners for the quick players to run for. And I thought he played really, really well today.”
It’s a strange statement from Schmeichel given that he’s ignoring the 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park and the 3-1 win over Liverpool when labelling the gritty 1-0 win over CSKA as the best game of the season.
Having been a part of one of United’s most successful ever teams, Schmeichel can speak with some authority when it comes to performances, and to hear the great Dane praising United’s display is very positive indeed.
Despite large sections of the fans chanting ‘attack, attack, attack!’, United looked extremely dangerous going forward and could have had four or five goals by the end of the game.
However, despite Schmeichel’s comments, it is United’s lack of goals which will cost them points, something fans had to endure in three consecutive games against Manchester City, Middlesborough and Crystal Palace. If United can combine their forward play with a ruthlessness in front of goal then a title challenge may well become more of a possibility.