Manchester United

United Keeper Ready To Quit

Now in his fifth season at Old Trafford, Tomasz Kuszczak says he could leave Manchester United to get more regular games. Despite having been with United since 2006 the Pole will make only his fifty third appearance tonight in the Carling Cup match with Scunthorpe United.

Having seen Ben Foster prosper since leaving United Kuszczak said: “”I could understand Ben’s position; he wanted to move because he wanted regular football and he wanted to play for England. But if I don’t get enough games I will have to do the same as Ben. The years are going by and I will be twenty nine after this season. I want to enjoy football and I want to play.”

Kuszczak joined United from West Bromwich Albion, initially on loan, in 2006. In 2007 he signed a full time deal. His debut came in a League Cup tie with Crewe Alexandra, in which the name on the back of his shirt was wrongly spelled ‘Zuszczak’.  He made his Premier League debut in September 2006 against Arsenal and saved an early penalty form Gilberto Silva, though United lost 1-0.

Kuszczak has had limited chances in the first team due to Edwin van der Sar’s consistency and Ben Foster being favoured as number two before he left for Birmingham.  He faces a similar struggle currently with van der Sar still performing well despite being only weeks away from turning forty.

It looks unlikely Kuszczak will be number one while van der Sar is still playing. It looks even more unlikely he’ll be number one when he retires. United have been linked with a number of goalkeepers as potential replacements for the Dutch legend.

I don’t expect United fans would be particularly bothered if he left, and that’s just as well as it’s the only thing I can see happening.

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