Peter Schmeichel gives laughable reasoning for Man Utd missing out on Pedro to Chelsea
Peter Schmeichel has waded into the debate over Manchester United’s botched attempt to sign Pedro before the player decided to join Chelsea at the last minute.
United had looked near certainties to get the player they needed to boost their thin looking attack with the ex-Barcelona man even said to have agreed personal terms after chief executive Ed Woodward was apparently in Spain to conclude the deal.
But out of the blue the Spaniard suddenly opted to join the Londoners after he felt they showed the most interest with them making a stunning swoop to snare the attacker from United’s grasp and pay the full release fee of £21m.
Jose Mourinho’s late intervention has been lauded by fans of the Premier League champions while United’s lack of urgency has left them to be castigated by many for dragging their heels.
But Schmeichel, who made his allegiance very clear at the Champions League draw when he gave a scornful comment after it was suggested he may have split loyalties over the two Manchester clubs he played for, made his loyalties very clear again over Pedro.
Perhaps he went too far, though, thanks to his suspect argument after questioning Pedro’s character – who scored and created an assist on his Chelsea debut and looked a menace throughout, and is renowned for being a team player.
“I think it’s obvious that Van Gaal is looking and is trying to bring in players,” he was quoted by the Star as saying. “I’m quite happy that Pedro didn’t happen because Pedro, for me, didn’t seem the right kind of guy.
“He chose Chelsea, so, for me, I want someone who chooses Manchester United because he wants to play for the best football club in the world.”
It begs the question what is the type of “guy” they need? Schmeichel also overlooked the fact that it was United who faulted after being too slow, forcing Pedro to go to a club he felt valued him more by not haggling over the relatively modest release clause.
The former ‘keeper added he was still hopeful of a signing: “Those guys are out there and there are some options.
“I’m convinced something’s happening that we don’t know about and suddenly they’ll call you in and tell you all the good news.
“It’s a lot of pressure to put on the few strikers that are there at the moment.
“For a long season, and to be successful in the Champions League, and with international duty, you need more players to do what’s needed for Manchester United.
“It would be nice to bring in a striker before the end of the window.”