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Man Utd legend Schmeichel picks his dream five-a-side team

16:15 BST 13/04/2017
Carragher's Man Utd XI Peter Schmeichel
Unsurprisingly, a man who collected an enviable haul of major trophies at OId Trafford has pieced together a group made up of ex-Red Devils colleagues

Peter Schmeichel achieved legend status at Manchester United during a glittering era for the club, with the iconic goalkeeper gracing some wonderful sides under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Having worked with a number of world-class talents during his time at Old Trafford, narrowing down the pick of that bunch is no easy task.

Schmeichel has, however, given that unenviable challenge a go by naming a dream five-a-side team.

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The former Denmark international, who spent eight years with United between 1991 and 1999, has plucked star performers from across his spell at the Theatre of Dreams.

In a discussion with the Premier League’s official website, Schmeichel selected himself in goal, although he did acknowledge that Edwin van der Sar would be his choice if he had to make a choice from a different era.

At the back, Dutch destroyer Jaap Stam was called upon to add steel and grit to an otherwise flamboyant side.

Schmeichel said of the no-nonsense centre-half: "He is the best defender I've ever come across in my life.

"He's very skilful and very technical. You’re thinking he's got to be slow because he's so big, but he's lightning quick."

Moving into midfield and a couple of long-serving club stalwarts made the cut in Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

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Schmeichel says ex-England international Scholes is the type of player that nobody wanted to play against, while Welsh wizard Giggs is considered  to be “the best Premier League player ever”.

Finally, adding a touch of enigmatic brilliance to the front line, Eric Cantona was picked to fill the forward berth.

All in all, not a bad side, and one that tells you all you need to know about the calibre of player Schmeichel worked with at United, with there no room for the likes of Gary Neville, Roy Keane, David Beckham and Andy Cole.