WHAT THEY SAID
Alan Hodgkinson: “Within 10 minutes of watching the game [against Odense], I knew this goalkeeper was special. From the start, it was evident to me that Schmeichel was not only a top-class goalkeeper but had all the hallmarks of being world class. Watching him for the first time, I knew I had found the goalkeeper Alex had been looking for. No sooner had the final whistle sounded, than I was making my way to the Brondby manager's office. I quickly discovered Schmeichel was available and for what price. He had an agent, the Norwegian Rune Hauge. Having established our interest, I rang Alex. 'He's the one', I told him. 'He will win the Premiership for you.' 'How much are they asking?' enquired Alex. '£500,000. Believe me, he'll be the bargain of the century.'”
The Independent: “Peter Schmeichel is a broader, stronger version of Gary Bailey, whose confidence illuminates the whole area.”
Alex Ferguson: “The signing, when it took place in August of 1991, was for a fee of £505,000, which made it one of the bargains of the century in football. During most of his time with us, a golden spell in our history that was to finish perfectly with the European Cup triumph in Barcelona, Peter Schmeichel was the best goalkeeper in the world.”
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