FEATURES

Greatest attribute: His shot-stopping ability. He might not have the kind of international reputation that helps Van Der Sar command a penalty box just by his very presence, but he can deal with everything Europe’s finest can throw at him.

Appearances: Premier League 8; FA Cup 1; Carling Cup 3; Champions League 2; Total 14
Clean sheets: 5

Season soundbite:" The question is how long do you want to wait? I try every day. It's a slow process. I feel good. I feel great in the position but I'm not called up and sometimes you think, 'OK, it's difficult, you have to wait.'"

In a word: Dependable

09/06/2010 08:12, Report by Johnny Sharp
1 of 2 Next 

Player review: Kuszczak

Providing another safe pair of hands in United’s hour of need, Tomasz Kuszczak enjoyed his best season at Old Trafford...

Story of the season:

At the beginning of the season Ben Foster was widely regarded as second-choice goalkeeper, behind the timeless Edwin van Der Sar. But the number one position is one that invites scrutiny, and after Foster made a couple of unfortunate errors in early games, the Pole overtook him in the reckoning. A sustained run in the side began at Portsmouth towards the end of November, and as United kept up the title pace over the Christmas and New Year period, the hulking stopper shone. His efforts were rendered all the more impressive for having to organise a defence which regularly contained moonlighting midfielders, and occasionally coped with a formational switch to 3-5-2. Restored to the bench when Edwin came back in January, Kuszczak's reward for his efforts came in starting the Carling Cup final win over Aston Villa. Blessed with terrific reflexes, the Pole has established himself as a capable deputy whenever called upon.

Finest moment: Three great saves against Portsmouth in his first start for two months meant United survived a spell of pressure from the home side and the Pole justified Sir Alex’s decision to pick him in Van Der Sar’s absence.

1 of 2 Next 

OFFICIAL SPONSORS