Peter Schmeichel: It’s an exciting time at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes it’s an exciting time at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

The Special One – accompanied by his impressive cabaret of new signings in the form of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba – has made a 100% start to his Man United career, dispatching Leicester City in the Community Shield and AFC Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City in the Premier League.

Mourinho and United, following an international break, will now turn their attentions to the upcoming Manchester derby, as the 53-year-old renews his rivalry with Pep Guardiola.

Speaking with Four Four Two, the Dane enthused over what he believes is a “very exciting time” at Old Trafford.

“We have not been playing too well over the last two or three years, it’s been up and down,” he said.

“The performances have been inconsistent – some good, some mediocre and some very, very bad.

“But it’s all turned around now. We’ve got Jose in and Jose’s done really well. You can see straight away his influence on how the team is performing.

“You can see that he’s met Manchester United in the way that he wants Manchester United to be, but there’s also a lot of Jose in there – the robustness, the stubbornness.

“At Hull, we scored in the last minute – something we haven’t seen in the last three years, so this is something that is keeping me very optimistic.

“The players he’s brought in, they are exciting players. We want to see Zlatan play. We want to see Zlatan play, like we wanted to see Cristiano Ronaldo play, like we wanted to see Eric Cantona play.

“It’s a very exciting time for Manchester United at the moment.”

Winning comfortably whilst in third gear, last minute winners, big, arrogant world-beaters strolling around the pitch, sitting near the top of the table – this current side evokes memories of a glorious yesteryear, of a time where United were feared, hated and quietly admired by opposition supporters.

It remains early days, of course, and Mourinho’s – and indeed Guardiola’s – first real test comes on Saturday. What is already visible, though, is that the physiological approach has been monumentally galvanised: there is a clear collective understanding, a manifest belief in the current modus operandi, and every player wants to win, win and win. And that is a huge stepping stone when it comes to building a side that can compete for the title.

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