Ben Foster In Bust-Up With Sir Alex Ferguson
Reports have emerged that Ben Foster was involved in a furious dressing room bust-up with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the 2-2 draw against Sunderland last weekend.
Both The Daily Star and The Guardian reported that Ferguson blamed the England ‘keeper for allowing Black Cats striker Kenwyne Jones to out-jump him and score with a header.
It was the latest in a string of high-profile mistakes from the 26-year-old, whose confidence has been sapped since the Manchester derby, where he allowed former team-mate Carlos Tevez steal the ball off his feet and set up Gareth Barry to score.
The latest twist comes after Foster was left out of Fabio Capello’s latest England squad on Sunday, with the official reason given as a chest injury. In his absence, Capello called up David James, Paul Robinson and Robert Green. Joe Hart was subsequently drafted in after Robinson withdrew due to injury.
England future aside, Foster’s long-term career at Old Trafford also appears uncertain. Despite Ferguson’s previous assurances that he will eventually be the Red Devils’ regular No.1, the former Stoke City star’s disappointing form in his most extended run in the United XI may result in the Scot having second thoughts.
Edwin van der Sar is set to return to first-team action for the first time this season after getting through a reserves match unscathed. The Dutchman, who has been recovering from a broken thumb, could slot straight back into the side following the international break.
Speculation over Foster’s future has further intensified due to relentless speculation linking United to numerous promising goalkeepers in the region.