“Yeah, they’re a bit before my time – even Peter is a bit, I wasn’t that old when he was almost retired. But, you know, Peter Schmeichel is a name for what he has done for this club and he is still involved today. So you still see him pop up somewhere!”
Going back a bit further, Jesper Olsen was a great player for United and Ajax too…
“One hundred per cent. Like I said, it was a while ago but obviously he is still a very big name again in Denmark. It’s a very positive and big name, not only for playing for United but for his career in general, and playing for the national team.”
There was also the Denmark team of 1992, of which Peter Schmeichel was a big part of the European Championship success, of course. What has that meant to the nation?
“It’s still massive. I mean it’s the only trophy we’ve won as the Danish national team so it’s still the biggest one we have. There have been books written, movies made from back then, all about the win. It’s something that really in Denmark is still highly rated.”
Back to the present day and it’s 30 games unbeaten at Old Trafford (before the Nottingham Forest match) in all competitions. Are you players aware of that record and how strong we’ve been at home?
“Yeah, I think it came to my mind, for my mind definitely, towards the end of last season. I didn’t look at it in between [games last season] but then, in the end, when all the stats came out before the season finished, that we were on that high at Old Trafford and we will want to keep that. And we will have to keep that going because away from home we have not been as good as we need to be. So, at home, we need to catch up and continue like we did last season.”