Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has leapt to the defence of under-fire City 'keeper Joe Hart, according to the Daily Star.
The Red Devils' former stopped has questioned Manuel Pellegrini's decision to axe Hart from his starting XI, and believes that club need to show some loyalty towards the England no.1.
Hart has missed the last two games against Norwich and CSKA Moscow due to poor form, having made a string of errors in recent matches.
However Schmeichel believes that in Hart's case the punishment does not fit the crime, and has queried Manchester City's management in opting for Costel Pantilimon instead.
"I don't think he's done too much wrong," the Dane said.
"Sometimes things aren't working for you, but when it's Joe Hart it's highlighted like he's killed someone.
"I disagree with Pellegrini's decision. I disagree with the whole debate about Joe Hart."
As it stands Pantilimon will once again start as the Citizens' 'keeper when the face Sunderland tomorrow, with Hart's future looking increasingly under duress.
However Schmeichel thinks that the 26-year-old has a rare talent between the sticks, and that England as a nation could suffer for Pellegrini's decision to not stick by the man who has been the first-choice at the Etihad for the past two seasons.
"Why is it that when you finally have an English goalkeeper who has the quality to become the first part of the spine that can actually take England somewhere, everyone wants to drag this kid down?" Schmeichel continued.
"You have a unique goalkeeper here, someone who is very, very good even on his bad days.
"When you look at the goals he has been criticised for, at some point they could have been prevented by a defender or it was a misunderstanding.
"It is not down to Joe Hart on his own. Manchester City have got problems at the back."
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