at the very top." - Schmeichel describes the aftermath of the 1999 European Cup final.
They say: "He was the buy of the century. I don't believe a better goalkeeper has played the game. He is a giant figure in the history of Manchester United." - Sir Alex Ferguson
Hit me with the facts: In 398 games for United, Schmeichel scooped every major honour the English game has to offer. An impressive quintet of league titles was complemented by a hat-trick of FA Cups (1994, 1996 and 1999), a solitary win in the League Cup (then the Rumbelows Cup) and of course, the aforementioned European utopia experienced in Barcelona in '99. Inevitably, for someone of Schmeichel's ability, individual accolades flooded in. He was crowned the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year four times and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Remarkably, Schmeichel also made an impact at the other end of the pitch, scoring from a corner in the 2-2 UEFA Cup draw with Rotor Volgograd in 1995.
Tell me something I might not know: Schmeichel is something of a multi-talented musician. When he was younger, the Dane's father put Peter and his siblings through piano lessons with the former going on to add 'guitarist' and 'drummer' to his repertoire.
In a word: Bedrock