Former United manager Wilf McGuinness has paid tribute to Manchester City legend Bert Trautmann, who sadly died on Friday at the age of 89.
The German goalkeeper made 545 appearances for the Blues between 1949 and 1964 after arriving in England as a prisoner of war and is perhaps best known for playing the final 17 minutes of the 1956 FA Cup final with a broken neck.
And McGuinness, who cites Trautmann as one of his earliest heroes, was quick to praise the Bremen-born stopper after hearing he had passed away on Friday.
“Bert was the best goalkeeper of his time and a pioneer,” Wilf explained. “He developed the round-arm throw and some of the saves he made were magnificent. He was tremendous on crosses, great on penalties and without doubt, I would say he was one of the best goalkeepers ever - if not the best.
“He was admired for his greatness. He was over six feet tall with blond hair and he was a pleasure to watch. He was commanding in his area and always looked very well too - he dressed smart and looked more like a film star than a footballer. The broken neck incident was quite an achievement, but nothing surprised you about Bert because he was so brave. He was brilliant at diving at opponents' feet inside the area and saving the ball.
“It’s important that Bert's story is told. He was everything you would want in a goalkeeper - you couldn’t wish for any more. He may have had a weakness but I don’t know what it was. He was class, a star and he will be remembered by all at City and United.”