Man Utd legend Schmeichel: Unfair to compare current strike-force with Treble winners

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has played down comparing the current strike-force with the 1999 Treble winners.

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has played down comparing the current strike-force with the 1999 Treble winners.

Sir Alex Ferguson has real quality at his disposal up front and has already evoked memories of hitmen Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who shot the club to glory in 1999.

Schmeichel, who skippered the Reds to the final leg of the Treble against Bayern Munich, thinks the game is different in 2012 and United will be more creative tactically in order to bring the best out of the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

"People have compared the current strikers with the group we had in 1999, but I’d be very reluctant to compare them man-for-man and attack-for-attack," Schmeichel wrote in the United Review.

"The game was different back then, the players were different and we played different systems. We were very much a 4-4-2 side, whereas today we play systems that are much more versatile. We’re more flexible and able to react and change things a lot quicker with the players we have available from game-to-game and also mid-game. And, tactically, I think things have evolved.

"Back in ’99, I think we were just expected to go and score every time we had the ball, but nowadays I think fans appreciate we’ll play a certain way in order to get the result we need. I’m sure we’ll see some exciting football from the lads this season, but ultimately it’s about picking up points and winning the title back."

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