By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The summer signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal means Sir Alex Ferguson now has four established strikers to call upon, including Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
United's wealth of resources up front mirrors the situation back in 1999, when Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fired the club to triumphs in the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
Nonetheless, Schmeichel, who was part of the treble-winning team, believes it is unfair to make such a comparison given how the game has changed over the years, and instead hailed the flexibility the current side has.
"People have compared the current strikers with the group we had in 1999," the Dane said in United Review. "But I'd be very reluctant to compare them man-for-man and attack-for-attack.
"The game was different back then, the players were different and we played different systems. We were very much a 4-4-2 side, whereas today we play systems that are much more versatile.
"We're more flexible and able to react and change things a lot quicker with the players we have available from game-to-game and also mid-game. And, tactically, I think things have evolved."
The former Denmark international, who currently works for United as an ambassador, also believes fans now understand if the team opts to play a more patient game, as opposed to the past when scoring a bagful of goals was the order of the day.
"Back in '99, I think we were just expected to go and score every time we had the ball," Schmeichel added. "But nowadays I think fans appreciate we'll play a certain way in order to get the result we need.
"I'm sure we'll see some exciting football from the lads this season, but ultimately it's about picking up points and winning the title back."
United are next in action on Sunday when they travel to take on newly-promoted Southampton.