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Foster: I Was Made To Face Up To City Mistakes

Ben Foster had a nightmare during the derby and sections of the press claimed he was going to be dropped for our next Premiership game.

Ferguson rightly stuck by Foster though and the keeper picked up a clean sheet in our 2-0 victory over Stoke. Foster didn’t have a lot to do but looked more composed and confident than the weekend before.

He says goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, has been really harsh on him this week but that he has become a better player because of it.

“I have to say a big thanks to the boss for sticking by me,” said Foster. “Last Sunday was great for the team but personally, it was an absolute disaster. I was gutted afterwards. I was the only one in the changing room with an upside down smile on his face. I pretty much buried my head in the sand. I didn’t really want to watch the television and there was no way I was reading the papers the next day. When we got into training I had to face up to it. I had to look at the replays, analyse them and learn from them. The goalkeeping coach has been on at me all week and was really hard on me. But I needed that and I like to think I have learnt from it. You are going to have those days as a goalkeeper sometimes and you have to keep them to a minimum.”

Foster reckons he can use the example of Edwin Van der Sar to help him improve his game.

“The more you play the more concentration and consistency you develop,” he added. “Edwin is a typical example of Mr Cool. He is a fantastic professional and he is someone I want to emulate at Manchester United. He is exactly what I am aiming to be for years to come.”

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  1. TonyBee says:

    PS; Nani is so shit……hopeless…..Ghtt’s Little Emily could cross it better that him….sell him as soon as is my thinking or loan him out…just get rid

  2. Mad says:

    i think the thing with Valencia is he looks very short of confidence for some reason

    It’s Wigan legacy.
    If you noticed,he is better at home then away.
    Hi will be good player for us in few months time.

  3. Jack says:

    like ive said before give nani time…we gave ronaldo time now look, crossing? like someone else said look at ronaldos when he first came

  4. Jack says:

    his always takin players on, his pace is unbeliveable, i love the guy personally, think his quality the way he takes them on and they cant catch him then puts crosses in.

    @mambo jambo
    “never seen him playing a flawless game”
    not watch us v spurs last season?

  5. Park likes Labradores says:

    Deviled Egg, at first I thought you were talking utter bollox! When I read your Robben comment, then I Knew you are full of utter nonsense!

    To rubbish a (United!) player because he’s one-footed is simply stupid! Have you actually watched the games?? Believe me, he fecking uses his left foot! He is growing into the player he can be! and HAS contributed to a lot of flowing football/plays/goals forr the team already! Solution? – Be Patient

    The Robben comment tells me you prob thought we should have gone for 1 more striker (like torres) and 2 CM’s and sold O’Shea and so on just like your pal manunitedchamps2008 did… ( he at least sees the light now :O)

    Ronnie turned us into spoilt brats… now a player can’t be class if he doesn’t do a quadruple stepover every 5 minutes… FFS get a grip!

    ps. Ronaldo was ten times worse 5 seasons ago but nobody remembers that too!! A reality GHTT so eloquently pointed out…

    So please, pretty fucking please, get a grip and stop flooding this forum with utter spoilt brat ‘we miss ronnie’ bullshit!

  6. thedevil85 says:

    good test in grafite and dzeko, hope a nice clean sheet for him and if he does concede just hope there justifyable and wayne and crew up top score a handfull,roll on wednesday, euro charge is on.

  7. ronaldowho says:

    Foster, Nani, Valencia will all get better…they’re (relatively) young players playing under at the best club for bringing through young talent. Get behind them and give them time.

    I hate when people take a dislike to players and immediately call for them to be sold. Its not like we need the money plus squad players win teams titles.(Macheda anyone?) Players like o’shea and park have big roles to play. Fletcher shows that a good squad player can turn into first team regular in a couple of seasons.

    Also for someone to give out about Valencia’s one-footedness, and then someone asking why we didn’t buy robben, that made me chuckle.

    Can’t wait for the return of Hargo!

  8. shebangsthedrums says:

    Still unsure about Foster, but he needs his chance to prove himself. Don’t like the Nani bashing, lets get behind the lad, he’s obviously got lots of skill and ability. It took Ronny 3 seasons to really find his feet and i remember a certain Sir Giggs’ often disappointing with his final ball in his younger years. Lee Sharpe was our best crosser of the ball at that time.

  9. fooart9 says:

    @RedDeviled Egg

    i dont know mate people seem to guest wrongly on Fergie decision…

    He bought Berba not to be Top Scorer…and with the assist and playmaking ability we know now he bought Berba to be a creative supporting striker who can hold the ball and supply assist to the like of Rooney,Ronaldo…

    And for this guy Valencia in my oppinion Fergie doesnt buy him to be the next Beckham or Ronaldo…In the past seasons we can see that our weakness in defend is from the right position where as we know Ronaldo doesnt track back that much…and our problem with injury in right back position…Maybe Fergie buy this guy to be a winger who is strong and quick who can beat the opponent fullback and sometime track back to help defending when he need to…and in the past few game Valencia able to help defending quite well…

    I too was not impress with his crossing and his passing ability but the lad was strong and Fergie said he could be the fastest player in the squad right now…so hopefully he can improve his crossing in the near future…
    He should know that they will be no slacking off cause Tosic,Gibson,Ljajic,Wellbeck will take off his place in the first team if he doesnt improve…

  10. fooart9 says:

    next giggs or ronaldo??…hopefully with the help from living legend surrounding him in training week in and week out…and the guidance from Sir Fergie he can developed into world class player at Manchester United

    Carling Cup…are you ready for this kid

  11. King Eric says:

    Tell you summat I am not one to get excited by youtube clips but have to say having watched a few of Orbertan he looks fucking quality. Tricks, Pace, can cross. Can’t wait to see him play.

  12. ash says:

    obertan and ljajic are the player i want to see play for united.hope fergie starts ljajic immedietly
    he shouldnt be just playing for reserves like tosic is doing now.

  13. John Ferry says:

    Could it be that one reason some of our younger players aren’t developing as fast they could is that we really, really miss Queiroz. Speaking of confidence Phelan just doesn’t make the grade.

  14. cantona7 says:

    Good Foster, learn from your mistake. You’ll be proud of them later.


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