Manchester United manager Sir Alex has reiterated his faith in his 24-year old goalkeeper. Man United play rock bottom Derby County in the Premiership this weekend Sir Alex is ready to give Foster his season debut.
Sir Alex says:
Edwin van der Sar will miss the game.
Obviously, it’s a debut for Ben Foster, who I’d planned to let go on loan on Monday, but unfortunately for Tomasz Kuszczak he got sent off and misses the game tomorrow.
Ben will start and obviously he has been out for a year and has only one reserve game behind him, so it’s a big challenge for the boy.
There are certain things that encourage me about it. He’s got fantastic presence and speed, agility. I’ve got no fears he’ll be okay.
His training has been fantastic and he has done very well. He has been out for a long time, it was last June when he got the operation, but his rehabilitation went right and we did all the right things.
He’s come through very well. He has been training football-wise for over a month, so there is no question about his fitness level.
In terms of the match side of it, I don’t know about that. He has only had one reserve game, but he has so many assets that I’m confident about it.
Last season Foster was one of the best players in the Premiership and certainly the best for Watford but he has out this season until now. Foster is the best bet to replace Edwin van der Sar in the long run.