Goalkeeper Ben Foster has criticised Manchester United supporters for their protests against the Glazer Family, who currently own the Old Trafford club. The 27-year-old has since moved to Birmingham in a deal thought to be worth around £6 million pounds.
Foster has rather foolishly accused the Red Devils’ fans of “getting carried away with the technicalities of who’s in charge,” which is a bit rich considering the fans have supported him during his time at Old Trafford and pay good money to see their team.
The new Blues goalkeeper, who did not make Fabio Capello’s provisional England World Cup squad because of his lack of action this season, also regards the anti-Glazer chants as “a bit of a distraction during matches” during the Carling Cup final, which was the only trophy Manchester United won this term.
He must have realised he made something of a faux pas as he backtracked on his damning comments saying:
“It’s not something the players worry too much about, once you’re out on the pitch it’s blinkers on and you’re concentrating on playing football. I wouldn’t have thought it contributed too much to only winning the Carling Cup.”
Not only do Foster’s comments reinforce the belief that footballers are stupid, but it is incredibly unwise to make critical comment about any set of fans (let alone the best supported club in the country). What does Foster know about the business side of the game? He doesn’t love the club in the same way as a fan does, he’s just a player and was just an employee.
If the Old Trafford faithful are not happy with something at the club then they are right to voice their concerns in my opinion. With the clubs current debt there is plenty of cause for concern and perhaps their three-in-a-row league titles and Champions League wins clouded over a deeper and darker context.
Perhaps Foster was just bitter because he dropped down the pecking order and was not only behind Dutch veteran keeper Edwin van der Sar, but Tomasz Kuszczak too…despite the fact Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled as the best English goalkeeper and rates him highly, obviously not enough to start him though.
However, Foster is at least positive in regards to his career, improving his game, cutting out his “clangers” and trying to force his name into the England picture in future.
Foster said: “I definitely have a big point to prove. A lot was said about me when I was in the team at Man United, I have got to prove my doubters wrong now.”
He then added: “I’m going to look towards the Euros in a couple of years. That’s the aim now. I want to get back in the England squad as soon as possible. But I need to concentrate on doing well and getting in the side at Birmingham and start advancing my career again. I’ve been in and out of the team at Manchester United and not playing regularly.”
Birmingham fans will hope Foster keeps his focus firmly on his game rather than get caught up in things he shouldn’t be talking about. Furthermore, they will also hope can have a similar impact as Joe Hart, who was on-loan at the club last season from Manchester City and has been included in the England squad for the 2010 World Cup.
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