18/11/2013 16:08, Report by S Bartram, T Bugby

Top stops: Schmeichel

As part of 'Goalkeeper Week' on ManUtd.com, we bring you some of United's finest ever saves - beginning with Peter Schmeichel's denial of Ivan Zamarano in 1999...

“Whenever I’m asked, I always pick out the save from Zamorano’s header at Old Trafford,” says Peter Schmeichel, Manchester's Great Dane. 

While Big Pete probably made more spectacular saves than this ‘starfish’ spread against Inter Milan, he insists the setting and importance of the game marks it out as his greatest hit.

Dwight Yorke’s pair of first-half headers had a dominant home side in a position of comfort by the break, but Mircea Lucescu’s side came out fighting in the second period. 

“It was important for us to keep it tight,” says Schmeichel, who played his part in doing so by hurling himself towards the unmarked Zamorano and blocking his bullet header at point-blank range, drawing cheers akin to those provoked by Yorke's headers.

“We still gave away chances, which you sometimes can’t avoid if teams are good, but we kept it at 2-0, which gave us an incredible cushion for the second game. If you go to San Siro 2-0 up, it’s a totally different tie, and I think that game at Old Trafford was the big change for us.”

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