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Time’s Running Out for Ben Foster

By | 23rd September 2009

ben foster saveIt was a great weekend for Manchester United. Not so much for its current stopper, Ben Foster. Edwin Van der Sar’s stand-in keeper has not impressed at United so far as he had a sub-par performance against their city rivals. Had it not been for Michael Owen’s late winner, Foster would’ve been ripped apart by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Foster’s troubles started before the Manchester derby, back when United played Arsenal. Then, Ferguson pointed the finger at the troubled goalkeeper for Andrei Arshavin’s spectacular strike. Fortunately for Foster, by the grace of the Almighty, the champions won that game as well.

Still, even though his team has saved him in the past couple of games, his performances have not gone unnoticed. United legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has offered a word of caution to the England international.

“He [Foster] is getting a run of games now, but I’m sure Edwin will be back in when he’s fit because the manager knows he’s the right guy for the team at the moment,” said the retired Danish keeper.

Foster’s window opportunity is shrinking at a fast pace as Van der Sar is a month away from recovery. Also, Polish back-up Tomasz Kuszczak will be looking to impress in the Carling Cup match against Wolves and claim a regular starting spot ahead of Foster.

And, to make matters worse for the Englishman, United have been linked with two different names – Schalke’s Manuel Neuer and CSKA Moscow’s Igor Akinfeev - to replace Van der Sar when he finally retires.

Is Ben Foster up for the challenge? Have your say below!

Reader Comments

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  1. Pc Hras says:

    He is a good goalkeeper in United…And Better in Birmingham city…

  2. Dokièh says:

    I'd give him more time too, I think he's a nice goalkeeper and he could be England's goalkeeper in the future.

  3. Zain Alvi says:

    I'd give Foster more time to be honest. He's kind of a late bloomer so it's true that his window of opportunity is shrinking. But we've seen his talent prevail every now and then. In the long run, I expect him to silence his critics and emerge as a world class goallie. If that doesn't happen at United, it will definitely happen elsewhere.

  4. Prophet says:

    Ben Foster Sucks!!!

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