Schmeichel’s Manchester United comment has fans pleased

Manchester City's Jack Grealish in action with Manchester United's Scott McTominay and Lisandro Martinez.

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Manchester City penned an excellent display as they flaunted their offensive confidence over Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League. The 5-1 aggregate was largely a result of the dominant 4-0 win at the Etihad.

With this, the Mancunian giants are in the enviable position where a treble is there for the taking. They did the seemingly unthinkable when earlier in the week the Premier League table saw Arsenal’s long-standing lead at the top crumble to Pep Guardiola’s men.

With the semi-final triumph, a dream matchup against Inter awaits a game that the Serie A side will find to be amongst their most difficult. Then, of course, there’s the all too domestic affair of meeting their long-rivalled neighbours Manchester United at Wembley for the FA Cup final.

In that regard, Peter Schmeichel is uniquely qualified as a neutral fan, having plied his trade for both sides but made his name at the Red part of the city.

But in a post-match interview with Ruben Dias, the former goalkeeper was anything but neutral.

Speaking to the centre-back about the prospect of a treble win for City, Schmeichel unequivocally stated (via CBS Sports): “I am convinced you are going to win the Premier League. That is absolutely sure. And I’m also convinced that you’re going to beat Inter. But to win the treble, you’ve got to beat Man United, I’m not sure you can do that!”

It was certainly a light moment between the two, as evidenced by the parting remark too: “Good luck with everything, apart from one game.”

It would certainly give Manchester United much joy in denying the treble to their noisy neighbours apart from the fact that two domestic titles would be the best that Erik ten Hag could hope for from his inaugural campaign, given the dismal end to their Europa League hopes.