Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has revealed how he tried to persuade Sir Alex Ferguson to sign international teammate Michael Laudrup without any success.

Michael Laudrup was one of the most talented players of his generation and he was part of the Denmark squad that won Euro ’92 alongside Schmeichel. Denmark didn’t quality for the tournament, but featured in the place of Yugoslavia who were going through a lot of political turmoil at the time.

Brian Laudrup is the younger brother of Michael Laudrup and he also played for the Denmark national team. Brian played for clubs such as Bayern Munich and AC Milan before becoming a legend at Scottish Premiership giants Rangers. Afterwards, Brian Laudrup played for Premier League team Chelsea, FC Copenhagen in his native Denmark and Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam.

Ex-Manchester City and Manchester United shot stopper Peter Schmeichel was close to Michael Laudrup in the Denmark dressing room and he knows how talented he is, but he was not able to convince Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him for Manchester United. Schmeichel made this known in his autobiography titled ‘One’, which was released recently. According to him, he made one or two attempts to get Sir Alex Ferguson to sign Michael Laudrup after Euro ’96 and that he would have been a very good player for the Red Devils. Schmeichel said that Ferguson opted for Czech player Karel Poborsky instead of Michael Laudrup. Schmeichel would have loved life at the Theatre of Dreams as it was a place that encouraged flair.

Poborsky came to Manchester United with a big reputation. The midfielder was one of the best players at the European Championship in 1996. He netted a memorable chip during the quarterfinal win over Portugal at the tournament hosted in England. He spent just 18 months at Old Trafford before leaving for Portuguese side Benfica in January 1998.