WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

27/02/2009 08:46

Papers: Foster's hope

Ben: My nightmare is over
Ben Foster has endured a nightmare 18 months but a place in Sunday’s Carling Cup final will wipe away the bitter memories. The 25-year-old keeper admits he has fallen off the footballing radar due to injuries after being hailed as Manchester United and England’s future No 1. But now he is back, fit and focused on a date with Tottenham at Wembley. Foster said: “If I do play, it’ll be fantastic. To play Sunday would be an unbelievable bonus and a massive up for me. It’s been heartbreaking to watch United win things when I cannot be involved. I don’t want to be tarnished with the tag of being an injury-prone player. Nobody wants to be tarred with that. It has just been unlucky." While the injuries have robbed Foster of time they have not taken away his talent, as he hopes to prove. He said: “Sunday could be a stage for me to remind people of what I’m about. I had a reputation as a decent up-and-coming keeper and in the last couple of years, because of circumstances, I have almost faded away. Sunday will be a good chance to get my name back out there and people can see that I am still around and still a good goalkeeper.”
Neil Custis, The Sun

The Daily Mirror claims Anderson will be included in Sunday's Carling Cup final squad after emerging unscathed from the Reserves' win over Manchester City.

Fellow Brazilian Rafael will not be at Wembley though, according to The Daily Mail, who suggest the young full-back will be out for a month with ankle ligament damage.

Carlos Tevez, who is widely expected to start against Spurs, far prefers the pressure of hunting trophies than dodging relegation, as he did with West Ham. "Win, win, win – that’s all you have to do,” he says.

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