Peter Schmeichel has revealed he wanted Manchester United to sign Manuel Neuer instead of David de Gea and says he thought the Germany goalkeeper would have been ‘perfect’ for his former club.

Sir Alex Ferguson was on the look-out for a new shot-stopper after Red Devils legend Edwin van der Sar retired following the 2010-11 campaign.

Ferguson identified Spanish star De Gea as his first-choice target and spent a then-record £18.9million to sign him from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011.

Schmeichel initially believed Manchester United had made a mistake, however, and says he wanted his ex-club to sign Germany legend Neuer, who left Schalke to join Bayern Munich that summer.

‘They knew it was so important to get it right [Van der Sar’s replacement] and not spend years chasing the situation,’ Schmeichel told MUTV.

‘At the time, I actually thought there was an obvious answer. You had to look at how we play and ask: right, where’s the guy that’s going to slot in? To me, we’d very recently seen the answer.

‘I thought Manuel Neuer was a perfect fit for us.