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Schmeichel believes Leeds fans respect Man Utd icons Cantona, Giggs

Kasper Schmeichel is confident Leeds United fans won't hold his Dad's legendary status with Manchester United against him.

Schmeichel jnr, 23, will be greeted as one of their own today if he makes his debut in goal for Simon Grayson's newly-promoted team against Derby.

And the Dane hopes his own will to win, influenced by his regular childhood visits to see his dad's United training sessions, rubs off on the other side of the Pennines.

He said: "I'm not sure how well my dad was liked in Leeds.

"But that is not my past, it is his past and I am here to do as well as I can to get the club back where they ought to be.

"Obviously when I was at Manchester United's training ground, I saw a lot of these top-class players and how they worked.

"I saw the attitudes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona towards training and I think Leeds fans, as much as they hate those players, will also appreciate how good they have been over the years.

"Ryan Giggs for me is the ultimate professional footballer, the best example to set for any player.

"He is always low key and when he plays he works hard, he's not flash, he puts the effort in and that definitely rubs off on a young kid.

"The will to work and never taking anything for granted are the things I've taken note of."

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