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Peter Schmeichel Once Did A Steward's Job And Taught Galatasaray PItch Invader A Lesson

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Peter Schmeichel Once Did A Steward's Job And Taught Galatasaray PItch Invader A Lesson

Peter 'The Great Dane' Schmeichel lived up to his nickname when he grabbed a pitch invader by the collar before throwing him across Old Trafford in one of the more memorable moments in Champions League history.

In the club's 1993/94 campaign in Europe, where Manchester United suffered a shock eliminated following a fiesty two-legged tie against Galatasaray, Sir Alex Ferguson's side were famously met with banners of 'RIP Manchester' and 'Welcome To Hell' by a crowd of fierce supporters.

But weeks before that iconic tie in Istanbul, United played out a much more entertaining affair at Old Trafford.

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Bryan Robson and Eric Cantona found the net that day in a 3-3 classic but goalkeeper-turned-steward Schmeichel grabbed the headlines when he provided the 70,000+ inside the stadium that night with a moment they would never forget.

"We have one idiot running on the field who is going to get an armlock from Peter Schmeichel if he doesn't watch it on the half-way line!" the commentator says.

"I think Wigan or Widnes...or even St Helens will be interested in him if he makes challenges like that!"

Just check out the spectacular throw towards the end of this clip. Note: do not mess with The Great Dane.

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As you can see in the footage above, Schmeichel was not a man to be messed with and Gary Neville's account of his early relationship with the Danish goalkeeper suggests exactly that.

Speaking on the Quickly Kevin, will he score? podcast, former United right-back Neville revealed the tough love he received from the 57-year-old shot-stopper in the early part of his career.

"When I first got into the first team at 18/19, Peter Schmeichel, I've said it before, quite often was brutal with me," he said.

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"Now, I speak to him and we laugh about it, but he brutally was, yeah."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Neville continued: "He didn't fancy me as a player that much. Peter Schmeichel was the goalkeeper and that back four of [Steve] Bruce, [Gary] Pallister, [Paul] Parker and [Denis] Irwin was legendary.

"I was the first to break into that and he saw it as a risk, he saw it as a challenge to the fact that we'd been successful.

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"Paul Parker picked up an injury and I started getting in at right-back, and obviously as a young player, you're not perfect, you make a couple of mistakes and he just absolutely battered me in training, daily, about my defending, my crossing.

"He used to do this crossing practice after the game and he used to stand on the penalty spot and catch it and say, 'That's s**t.' He regularly just did that and he was actually just being really tough and horrible with me."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/UEFA

Topics: Football News, Football, Peter Schmeichel

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