Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel is questioning Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s abilities ahead of the Manchester Derby.
Schmeichel, 52, is held as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League era, as he was part of five Premier League winning United sides, and a leading figure in the team that won the treble in 1998/99. The Dane is not convinced that Guardiola, who is considered to be one of the best managers in the game, has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
“What he did with Barcelona was fantastic,” Schmeichel told Omnisport.
“He was very lucky he had the players at Barcelona but he was clever in what he did.
“The Premier League is a completely different animal to any other in the world. It just goes on and on and on, you feel it never stops, even in March you have 12 games to go, you think will this ever stop?
“He was okay at Bayern Munich. I have to say he was okay. For me, personally, he changed a really good, entertaining team to be become more boring to watch.”
Schmeichel also believes that former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a superior philosophy compared to Guardiola.
“Whereas Alex Ferguson’s first priority was ‘we have to be able to score goals’ – for most coaches that’s the priority – with Pep it’s possession, I want to have as much possession as possible,” Schmeichel said.
“So the philosophy goes to ‘I want to have so much possession that at some point we’ll score a goal from that, the goals will come from possession’ and that’s his philosophy.”
United takes on City at Old Trafford on Saturday.