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28/08/2013 15:44, Report by Steve Bartram

Anfield: Schmeichel save

In readiness for this weekend's north-west derby, we look back on some classic memories from previous visits to Anfield. First up, Steve Bartram salutes a staggering stop from Peter Schmeichel...

Anfield has been the stage for some unforgettable Manchester United goals, but, for me, one moment that continues to resonate is a save - the best I've ever seen - from Peter Schmeichel.

He names his favourite stop for the Reds as the block from Ivan Zamorano's header in 1999’s meeting with Inter, while many understandably pick out his stunning flick over the bar to deny Rapid Vienna's Rene Wagner in 1996. His Anfield stop from Don Hutchinson in March 1993, however, puts every other save in the shade, in my mind.

When a corner found Hutchinson in space, ten yards out, the midfielder had to bring the ball under control, but he did it well, swivelled and thundered a shot towards goal. Those on the Kop were already poised to jump, hands already on the up in delight. Yet, with no time at all to set himself, Schmeichel somehow managed to drop down to his left and muster enough strength to fend the ball up and around the post, despite the power of the hit. Anfield was stunned.

Goals from Mark Hughes and Brian McClair secured a 2-1 win, but that save, when the score was still 0-0, was a key moment en route to United’s first Premier League title.

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