Kasper Schmeichel: FA Cup final is a dream come true

Kasper Schmeical "For us to get to an FA Cup final is a dream come true, but everyone has contributed, whether it is the kit man or the groundsman."

Kasper’s father, Peter Schmeichel joined Manchester United in 1991 and left after winning the Treble in 1999. That gave Kasper the chance to see greats of the game close up.

Kasper’s father, Peter Schmeichel joined Manchester United in 1991 and left after winning the Treble in 1999. That gave Kasper the chance to see greats of the game close up.

“Being around those kinds of people and being at the training ground, I learned so much. I was absorbing all the time – watching how people behaved, how they acted, how they trained.

“I always remember the finishing sessions after with yourself Dion, Mark Hughes and all the other top-class players. I was stood behind the goal saving anything that missed – which wasn’t a lot!

“It was that era when Eric Cantona came in. As a kid you are looking up at this guy and he looks like a giant, he had that aura – I was half-petrified of him in a way, but he was such a sweet guy.

“Just watching the youngsters – the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, David Beckham – their hunger, their enthusiasm, how much they trained and the extras they did.”

“I never felt pressure in that sense, but what I did feel is judged, very early and very quickly.

“I had grown up in a harsh environment, because back then United was a harsh environment and you wouldn’t get away with that these days. But that does teach you something – it teaches you to be tough, to be resilient, which I always was and still am.

“Because I had studied goalkeeping, I had watched it from such an early age and really gone into the depth with it, I was never out to prove anyone wrong – I was out to prove myself right.

“My dad did say to me when I chose to become a professional footballer that people would judge you beforehand and will have this preconceived notion of you, and it will be much tougher for you than anybody else so you are going to have to work harder than anybody else.

“That was already in my DNA because I had seen it from a young age, that if you want to reach a certain level you have to put in the work.”

“Brendan Rodgers has been an inspiration. I really can’t praise his skills as a manager and as a person enough.

“The clarity in his messages, the way he wants us to play, the way he wants us to act on and off the field, the standards he demands all the time, that’s the kind of thing that will bring a club forward.”

“For us to get to an FA Cup final is a dream come true, but everyone has contributed, whether it is the kit man or the groundsman. Everyone has had a part to play and it is really important to recognise those things, and this club does.”

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