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"Edwin van der Sar turned 38 today. We don't need him to play every game because we have two very capable goalkeepers in Tomasz Kuszczak and Ben Foster."

- Sir Alex Ferguson
29/10/2008 21:55, Report by Adam Bostock
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Clean sheet pleases Kuszczak

Tomasz Kuszczak's first senior appearance since mid-September was hardly worth the wait as West Ham forced just one save from the Pole in United's goal.

That said, Edwin van der Sar's deputy was just delighted to be on the pitch - it gave him a good view, at least, of the Reds' stunning first-half performance and also presented him with a welcome clean sheet.

"It's always nice when I can play, I hadn't played for six weeks," Tomasz told MUTV.

"The first game after a break like that is always difficult, more mentally than physically, because it's not easy to concentrate for 90 minutes when you have almost nothing to do. But this is the goalkeeper's job and we have to do it properly."

Kuszczak's only previous action in the first team this season was at Chelsea, and only then as a substitute for Edwin van der Sar - the man who celebrated his birthday as United entertained the Hammers.

Sir Alex Ferguson later explained van der Sar's absence on MUTV.

"Edwin turned 38 today," said the boss. "We don’t need him to play every game because we have two very capable goalkeepers in Tomasz Kuszczak and Ben Foster.

"Ben being back fit is a big bonus to us because he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I may play him at Celtic Park next week. They will all get their minutes on the clock."

Kuszczak hopes to get his next 90 minutes as early as Saturday, when the opposition at Old Trafford will be Hull City. The Tigers were easily beaten 3-0 by United's title rivals Chelsea but Tomasz insists it's too early to worry about such matters.

"There are still many games to play," he said, when asked about Chelsea's and Liverpool's latest victories.

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