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Ian Wright names Man Utd rival Peter Schmeichel as the toughest goalkeeper he ever played against


Ian Wright has regrets over his battle with Peter Schmeichel (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright has named Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel as the best goalkeeper he played against during his illustrious career. 

Wright played more than 500 times during his 15 years as a professional player, which started at Crystal Palace in 1985 and ended in 2000 with a short spell at Burnley. 

He left Palace to join Arsenal in 1991 for a then club record fee of £2.5m.

The ex-England international went on to score 185 goals in 288 appearances for the Gunners – the second highest number in the club’s history behind Thierry Henry, who bagged 228 goals in 377 matches. 

But despite his successful career, Wright regrets how he performed against United stopper Schmeichel, who he has described as the best goalkeeper he ever played against.

‘Schmeichel was tough, very tough. To the point where we were driven by a hatred of each other,’ Wright said on Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster’s podcast, ‘Fozcast’.

Wright scored 185 goals in 288 appearances for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

‘I scored a great goal against him in the Community Shield [in 1993] and he always says ‘yea it doesn’t really count’, but it does count towards the tally. 

‘And I scored a couple of penalties against him in South Africa and stuff like that but he was somebody that when I went on the pitch, and I think it played in my detriment, I played into his hands, I wanted to score too much.

‘What I should done is backed off it, I can finish, play my game and I got wrapped up in wanting to score and to tease him with it.’


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