Manchester United have decided against signing a replacement for reserve goalkeeper Ben Foster, who was sold last month to Birmingham City last month, choosing instead to use Tomasz Kuszczak as Edwin van der Sar's understudy and 20-year-old prospect Ben Amos as their third-choice shot-stopper.
Former West Brom keeper Kuszczak was arguably the number two in the season just gone, playing 14 games to Foster's 13, but the announcement that Amos is to be his back-up puts extra pressure on the Poland international and will have United fans monitoring van der Sar's fitness intently.
United's goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, has backed Amos to progress next season, telling the official club website:"We'vethrown the gauntlet down, so it's up to him now to fulfil his potential.
"The challenge is for us to continue his development, but also for him to take the opportunity and make the most of it.
"Hopefully he might gain some experience and exposure in matches like the pre-season friendlies and the Carling Cup. That's probably a realistic target for 2010-11."