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Kuszczak Had Nothing To Do Against West Ham… But Wants Another Start

Tomasz Kuszczak was given a start in last night’s Premiership game against West Ham, although had little opportunity to impress the manager.

United fan Dean Ashton scored a brilliant goal in the fixture last season, but he is injured, leaving West Ham with very few options up front. Craig Bellamy was predictably useless and the biggest impression he left on our keeper a bit of argy bargy in the first half, then an attempt on goal Jonny Wilkinson would be proud of, reaching the height of almost the second tier of the East Stand.

Kuszczak conceded he didn’t have much to do, but hopes to get another game against Hull at the weekend.

“It is not easy when you have nothing to do,” Kuszczak said. “But that is how it is for a goalkeeper. You have to try hard to keep your concentration for 90 minutes.You need to do your job properly and keep a clean sheet. This is most important thing for a goalkeeper and of course very important for the team as well.”

Tomasz has got to be aware that time is running out for him, with Ben Foster getting more practice with the Reserves following his injury, so he’s hoping for as much time on the field as possible.

“It was a big day for me because I have not played for a few weeks,” Kuszczak added. “I hope I get another chance soon. Saturday? Why not?”

Would you play Kus against Hull or do you think we need Van der Sar?

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  1. Oooodz says:

    I guess it would be whoever can stop long shots better. I would like VDS to be honest, just to calm my nerves although I think Kuszczak is a very good keeper.

  2. Red-Manc says:

    unfortunatly I have no trust in Kuszczak he’s a good shot stopper but makes alot of mistakes when he’s coming out to collect corners and crosses. when Van Der Sar (legend) retires id like to see Foster given the number 1 spot.

  3. Ade says:

    I will prefer Foster to start cos he will be the best candidate to replace Van der saar. Kuszcak made some early blunders in the first half by kicking the ball on Fletcher after he made a back pass to him. His decision making is also poor but his shot stopping ability is fantastic. For Foster, he has all the attributes a top keeper needs. Even VDS is not performing well so i feel Foster should start a match so we can know who is the best of the three.
    For me, I will prefer Foster any day as I remembered a save he made last season from Kenny Miller when Utd won 1-0. He saved a goal that any goal keeper could have conceeded included VDS. If memory serves me right, Miller was one on one with him and he anticipated what he wanted to do to make a super save. Also, his decision making is good too and he comes out to punch the ball when it is right.
    So Fergie, start Foster in the next game and let him be the Utd first choice.

  4. Jig says:

    Can I ask where all the confidence in Foster comes from? He seems to get fantastic praise in the British press yet he hasn’t proved himself at the top level. Unfortunately I saw little of him during his time at Watford but apparently he was very impressive. I would be a skeptical that a player with very little experience will leap-in and take over from a keeper with vast experience like VDS.

    Fergie is going to have to start giving the guy games if he’s going to convince anyone. Kuszczak is a good keeper but not good enough for the very very top. It is definitely a worrying position considering our previous experience with Pedro Schmichel.

  5. SteRDLK says:

    Foster is a keeper who reminds me of Iker Casillas. Both not giants, but both very agile and athletic. Good shot-stoppers.

    Ben Foster needs to be playing first team football, which is why this possible loan to Spurs could be excellent, especially as Gomes isnt exactly “safe hands” at the moment.

  6. Red-Manc says:

    My confidence in Foster has come from me watching him in the Reserves team for quite a while now, and when he played against Derby in the prem last season he pulled off some great saves, whenever he plays for United if its reserves, carling cup or FA cup he’s always done a sound job never looks shakey ans nervous. Kuzczak on the other hand like Ade said he even made some mistakes against west ham last night and he hardly had anything to do all night! so imagen him against the top teams.

  7. Drew Vader says:

    Agree with majority of posts. Kuz pulls off some fantastic reaction/instinct saves every now and then, but I just don’t feel comfortable with him back there, and I think that its obvious the defenders dont either really. He seems to have a panic attack every time they pass it back to him.

    And Foster was brilliant for Watford by all accounts.

  8. OTRed says:

    @Jig: Go watch Chelsea against Watford, then you’ll know where the votes of confidence are coming from. Watford lost by 4 goals i think, but for Foster, it could have been a whole lot worse.


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