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 Foster: Crisis of Confidence? 
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Ben Foster Commits Future To Manchester United

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has quashed reports he has grown frustrated with life on the fringes at Old Trafford and insisted he is ready to stay and fight for a place in the first team.

The 25-year-old had been linked with a number of clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, and it had looked as though he might be set to leave the champioins.

However, according to the News of the World, the stopper is ready to stay and fight for his place.

Foster said, “I reckon you only get one crack at Manchester United and you have to give it a go.”

Current goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar recently signed a new contract with the club, however this does not appear to faze Foster, who is clearly hoping to see out the rest of his career in Manchester.

He explained, “For me, this is my club. I want to be No.1 keeper here for the rest of my career.”

Foster signed for United back in 2005 but initially spent two seasons out on loan at Watford, impressing with a series of superb displays.

Although Foster subsequently returned to the Red Devils, he suffered a serious knee injury last season which ruled him out for the majority of the last campaign.

The former Stoke City man has also suffered with injury this year, he was due to fly out to the World Club Championship, but suffered a broken finger on the eve of the trip and missed the tournament.

He is generally seen as the future goalkeeper at Old Trafford when 38-year-old Van der Sar eventually retires, although he will face competition from United’s third goalkeeper, Tomas Kuszcak.


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just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it


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just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it


Hargo had occupied that room..


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just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it

there's a waiting list, wit hargo n wes. ben has 2 wait his turn..


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king wrote:
just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it

there's a waiting list, wit hargo n wes. ben has 2 wait his turn..


actually Brown is on his way back to full fitness..


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Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
king wrote:
just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it

there's a waiting list, wit hargo n wes. ben has 2 wait his turn..


actually Brown is on his way back to full fitness..

then there'll b a vacant bed in d treatment room :P


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Loque wrote:
Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
king wrote:
just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it

there's a waiting list, wit hargo n wes. ben has 2 wait his turn..


actually Brown is on his way back to full fitness..

then there'll b a vacant bed in d treatment room :P


i think Ben is occupying that room at this very moment..


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Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
king wrote:
just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it

there's a waiting list, wit hargo n wes. ben has 2 wait his turn..


actually Brown is on his way back to full fitness..

then there'll b a vacant bed in d treatment room :P


i think Ben is occupying that room at this very moment..


2 much ppl fallin sick...v shud cnsider gettin our own hospital


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king wrote:
Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
Fasha wrote:
Loque wrote:
king wrote:
just curious..is saha's treatment room available...ben mite need it

there's a waiting list, wit hargo n wes. ben has 2 wait his turn..


actually Brown is on his way back to full fitness..

then there'll b a vacant bed in d treatment room :P


i think Ben is occupying that room at this very moment..


2 much ppl fallin sick...v shud cnsider gettin our own hospital

bttr than arse tho..


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Foster shows Ferguson he has the stomach for the big occasion

At the end of extra-time the first man to approach Ben Foster and place an arm around his shoulder was dressed in a Manchester United blazer, with a red tie and polished shoes. How typical of Edwin van der Sar that he should come on to the pitch to offer some words of encouragement to the man who has spent the last year or so trying to displace him from the team.

We may never know the exact content of what Van der Sar told his younger colleague, but it is fair to say it was probably more than just a good-luck message. The preparation at United is so meticulous these days that the club employ researchers to compile data on opposition penalty-takers, logging every detail from the direction in which they usually aim to whether they strike the ball with pace or prefer to place it into the net.

Van der Sar keeps his own records and, as we saw in Moscow last May, they have not served him too badly. Look closely at the footage of that Champions League final shoot-out and, no kidding, you will even see a flicker of a smile cross his face when Nicolas Anelka takes the first, tentative steps on that long walk from the ­centre circle. Van der Sar has since spoken of knowing at that precise moment where the ball was going to go and that he was going to return the European Cup to Old Trafford.

When you have a goalkeeper of that experience and confidence to get past, it is no surprise Foster has found it so difficult to put together a run of appearances since recovering from his snapped knee ligaments. This was only his seventh game in the last two seasons and on Wednesday, when the Premier League leaders play at Newcastle United, he will almost certainly be back on the bench. It is a strange existence – training all week, knowing that there is virtually no chance of playing.

Yet what he showed here was that Ferguson is not exaggerating when he describes the 25-year-old as "the man who can be England's goalkeeper for the next 10 years". David James, after all, will be two months shy of his 40th birthday when the next World Cup comes around and only four other established English goalkeepers – Chris Kirkland, Robert Green, Paul Robinson and Scott Carson – played in the Premier League over the weekend, with Matt Duke and Steve Harper yet to build their reputations. When the heat of the battle is dangerously close to intolerable, can Fabio Capello really count upon any of them?

Foster's problem is Van der Sar is not due to retire until the summer of 2010 – but Ferguson has already said it does not automatically mean the Dutchman will be in the first team. Foster, who is expected to sign a new contract before his present deal expires this summer, is recognised inside Old Trafford as the club's best shot-stopper, a reputation that will be further advanced by the way he turned away Jamie O'Hara's effort in the shoot-out. His kicking is also regarded as better than the other members of United's glove triangle – Van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak.

What Van der Sar has is experience, authority and presence. Yet Ferguson now knows that Foster also has the mentality for the big occasion. His catching was immaculate, his punching was decisive and, when it came to Tottenham's best chances, it was Foster's quick reflexes that denied Aaron Lennon in the 71st minute and Darren Bent five minutes from the end of extra-time.

The tearful O'Hara need not reproach himself too much. He had struck his penalty with pace and power but Foster had read it perfectly, diving to his left, throwing out what goalkeepers call "a strong hand".

Foster is 6ft 3in and, arms outstretched, bouncing up and down, he must have been an imposing sight for David Bentley as he dragged Tottenham's third spot kick wide and left Anderson to finish the game. There was no delirious charge from United's players and, this being the Carling Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo did not bury his face in the turf. It was more of a gentle trot to congratulate the man who would receive the man-of-the-match award from Sir Bobby Charlton. Foster must hope this was the moment his United career started in earnest.


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Post Re: Foster shows Fergie he has the stomach for the big occasion
gd 2 c foster finally making d rite noises...v hv a pair of capable hands after vds


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Apart from the Derby game last season, he's not been that impressive when given the chance. But last night he certainly was. Made a mistake of coming out early though that luckily Spurs didn't take advantage of. But other than that, almost flawless. He is more steady than Kuszczak that's for sure. Have that bit of confidence in him, and that transmits to the defenders(and us fans watching the game), unlike Kuszczak who while doing nothing wrong in a game, but your heart beat faster whenever he's involve in something, and it shows in games the defenders don't trust him much. And Foster's kicking is awesome, with both feet! Not sure about his reach though, not that outstanding, but good enough I guess.

As long as he's able to show that confidence thing, and have the mental ability to handle playing for us, with his ability, he should be a regular here after VDS leaves. A bit like Howard's situation. Clearly a good GK, but crumble under pressure. Let's hope Foster do better than Howard did, for longer period and cement his place for a decade here. Him being English is a plus too.


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yup, his kicking was impressive too. it was noted during his spell at Watford, his long pass ability was vital for them to getting goals....so I'm hoping that he will do the same for us.


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needs a full season. then we can see his true ability


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needs a full season. then we can see his true ability


this should be possible during 2010/11 season.
but Foster shud be around 28 that time...is it a bit too late?


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