Schmeichel: United must go all out to sign Neuer

FORMER Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes his old manager Sir Alex Ferguson must do everything within his power to ensure Schalke’s Manuel Neuer moves to Old Trafford in the summer.

United’s veteran stopper Edwin van der Sar is set to retire at the end of the season and Schmeichel is confident the Germany international is the man to replace the Dutchman between the posts.

Neuer was outstanding in his side’s Champions League semi-final defeat against?United on Tuesday but is thought to be close to finalising a move to Bayern Munich.

Schmeichel the goalkeeper in United’s Treble-winning season of 1999, said: “He (Neuer) is probably the best goalkeeper in the world. He is 25 years of age and is very mature in the way he plays.

“He’s going to Old Trafford on Tuesday and it’s just such a special place to play. If Sir Alex Ferguson comes over to you and says, ‘Listen, I want you to play for my team’, it’s very difficult not to say ‘yes’.”