Sch­me­ichel urges United to se­cure a Premier po­si­tion

Sport360 - - Fantasy Football - By Nick Watkins @su­pernwa edi­to­[email protected]

Peter Sch­me­ichel be­lieves Manch­ester United must pri­ori­tise the Premier League this sea­son – even if it comes at the ex­pense of win­ning tro­phies.

Sec­ond-place United are in with lit­tle chance of lift­ing the EPL ti­tle due to run­away lead­ers Manch­ester City, who are 15 points clear of their neigh­bours at the top.

Jose Mour­inho’s side won both the Europa League and EFL Cup last term and can still go for glory in the FA Cup and Cham­pi­ons League this sea­son.

How­ever, Sch­me­ichel in­sists United must pour all their en­ergy into crack­ing the top four – they are cur­rently six points ahead of fifth­place Tot­ten­ham – af­ter fin­ish­ing down in sixth in 2016/17.

“The key is im­prove­ment, suc­cess has got to be a bet­ter league po­si­tion than last sea­son,” the Dane told Sport360ñ. “I know United won the League Cup and the Europa League but you have to sep­a­rate those out, even though they’re tro­phies and they’re nice to have.

“We’re go­ing well in the ChampiWith ons League as well so let’s see what hap­pens there as well.”

United have not looked close to win­ning the Premier League ti­tle since Sir Alex Ferguson re­tired in 2013 and for­mer goal­keeper Sch­me­ichel ad­mits the club are still feel­ing the af­ter­shocks of his exit.

“We’re still catch­ing up and re­build­ing, which is not easy in this cur­rent foot­balling cli­mate when ev­ery­one has a huge amount of money to spend,” he added.

“Manch­ester United is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion though as it was two very im­por­tant peo­ple who left at the same time – Sir Alex and Davfin­ish­ing, id Gill. A lot of ex­pe­ri­ence was lost.”

Sch­me­ichel is cur­rently in the coun­try for the Abu Dhabi In­vi­ta­tional golf tour­na­ment, which is tak­ing place at Yas Links over the week­end. Dwight Yorke joins his for­mer United col­league on a celebrity team that in­cludes Ruud Gul­lit, Alessan­dro del Piero and Luis Figo.

The event, which con­cludes to­day, is rais­ing money for the Can­cer Care Pa­tient So­ci­ety – Rahma.

Keep up-to-date with all the live ac­tion by vis­it­ing abud­habi­in­vi­ta­, via Twitter @ADIn­vi­ta­tional or via In­sta­gram @adin­vi­ta­tional.

Keep­ing up: Peter Sch­me­ichel.

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