Manchester United First Team: The Goalkeepers

Adrian ConstantContributor IAugust 14, 2009

1 Edwin van der Sar, Age 38, Appearances:191

Van Der Sar is probably the most experienced player in the team, so the team will miss him in the first two months of the campaign.

He’ll probably set his own targets in terms of what he wants to achieve this term, but he knows how highly they regard him as a goalkeeper at Manchester United. I think he’ll be looking forward to getting back playing again as soon as possible.

Both Edwin and the club have been a good marriage. He was a terrific goalkeeper when he joined United but I think he’s made further progress since he arrived. Each year he seems to go up a level, he’s seen and done it all so he’s a major asset to the team.

12 Ben Foster , Age 26, Appearances: 11

Foster came into the game a little later than most goalkeepers, but has tremendous potential. He still has a lot of work to do in all the departments but he’s getting the right coaching at this club and he has a good person to learn from in Van Der Sar.

He is a strong-willed character and has a firm idea about where he wants to be and how quickly he wants to get there—now it’s just a matter of time before he really shows his credentials.

He’s been unlucky with a few injuries and he’s had a bit of a stop-start career, but he’s working hard now and I think he sees light at the end of the tunnel. That’s what he’s working towards. And the fact that he’s now progressing into the England international setup has probably encouraged him to work even harder.

29 Tomasz Kuszczak, Age 27, Appearances: 37

I think Kuszczak is probably the first Polish player to join this club and he’s accepted those responsibilities extremely well.

He’s at a club where every goalkeeper is challenging for the no.1 spot and he’s certainly one of those who’s in with a shout. And whenever he’s been called upon he’s performed to the highest quality. I’m sure he’ll be pushing on from where he left off last season.


Check out my next article where I will be covering the Defenders of the team.