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.

Papers: In safe hands

08/07/2009 07:42

Foster staying put


Ben Foster has given Sir Alex Ferguson one less thing to worry about after pledging his future to Manchester United. While United manager Ferguson is working flat out to bring in a goalscorer, Foster has committed his next four years to the Premier League champions. Foster, 26, has been plagued by injury problems since moving to Old Trafford from Stoke in 2005. But providing he can keep away from the treatment table, Ferguson believes he is a natural replacement when first-choice Edwin van der Sar retires. “Ben is seen as one of the best young goalkeepers in England and we genuinely see him as a successor to Edwin van der Sar,” said Ferguson. “We are delighted that Ben has signed a new four-year deal.” A frustrating spell of injuries, coupled with Van der Sar’s excellent form, has limited him to 10 senior United appearances in four seasons, although two of those campaigns were spent on loan at Watford. Foster, seen by many as a future England No1, missed most of the 2007-08 season following cruciate ligament surgery, and also suffered an ankle ligament injury just a few weeks into last season.”
Brendan Abbott, Daily Express

The Daily Star runs quotes about from Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc. Speaking about Gabriel Obertan, with the French U21 star apparently set for Old Trafford, the former United defender said: “I was surprised, but it is an unexpected chance for him to play with one of the best clubs in the world. He has the potential. But he must overcome psychological and mental challenges, so he can express his true value.”

The Sun claims United target Douglas Costa could still be moving to Old Trafford, with the player's agent insistent that Gremio will drop their £18million asking price for the winger.

Round Up By Steve Bartram

OFFICIAL SPONSORS