Peter Schmeichel makes big revelation about Leeds
By Alex Stevens
Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel has revealed that he would love to see Leeds back in the Premier League.
The Yorkshire giants have been in the lower leagues since being demoted from the top flight in 2004 and even had a spell in the third tier of English football.
Leeds have hopes of ending their 13-year period outside of the Premier League by securing promotion at the end of the current campaign.
Garry Monk’s side have performed above expectations this season to accumulate 32 points from 20 Championship games to be fifth in the table and well placed for an assault on the play-offs.
Schmeichel, who is renowned as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history, had some feisty encounters against Leeds during his eight years at United from 1991 to 1999.
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The former Denmark international, 53, was speaking on Sky programme Soccer AM on Saturday morning when he discussed the potential of Leeds to make the Premier League and reignite their fierce rivalry with his beloved United.
“Leeds it’s one of those memories I have, going to Elland Road or playing them at Old Trafford where the atmosphere is just electric.
“It’s a little bit like playing Liverpool. There is a different kind of, I can’t say hate but … dislike, between leeds and Manchester United.
“It would be great to see a club of that stature back in the Premier League.”
Schmeichel’s revelation that he would like to see Leeds back in the top flight is a surprise given the antipathy between United and Leeds, and that he was often a target for jeers from Elland Road fans.
His son Kasper Schmeichel is also a goalkeeper and was a key figure for Leicester in their against-the-odds title triumph last season.