Ex-Man Utd keeper Coton: I pushed Schmeichel to reach potential

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Tony Coton feels he helped Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel reach his potential.

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Tony Coton feels he helped Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel reach his potential.

Coton’s £500,000 move across ­Manchester from City to Manchester United in 1996 prompted an angry fan backlash.

He told the Sunday Mirror: “I never wanted to leave City, but I was one of the players they forced out. Sir Alex Ferguson told me he needed someone to put some ­pressure on Peter ­Schmeichel.

“Kevin Pilkington was a very good ­prospect, but wasn’t ready for the first team, and Sir Alex felt he needed a senior keeper who Peter had respect for.

“It was a masterstroke.

‚ÄúPeter really raised his game. I was there from ¬≠January until the end of the season, and he didn‚Äôt put a glove wrong. There was one ¬≠Schmeichel ¬≠performance in a big game at Newcastle that was ¬≠absolutely incredible. We won 1-0, reeled in ¬≠Newcastle to win the ¬≠Premier League title, and also lifted the FA Cup. If it can work for Peter ¬≠Schmeichel then it will definitely work for Joe Hart.‚ÄĚ

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