What a difference a couple of weeks make!
At the start of November it was thought that Tomasz Kuszczak’s Man Utd career was over after he aimed a stinging tirade at colleague Edwin Van der Sar as well as voicing his displeasure at his inability to get a solid run in the first team.
With Van der Sar yet to sign a contract extension, Foster failing to impress and Kuszczak talking his way out of the door it was thought that Fergie faced a problem as he would now need to sign a replacement goalkeeper but now in the middle of December, Fergie faces another dilema.
Kuszczak has been called upon by Fergie and has resoundingly answered the call with a number of solid performances. He has started the last 6 games for United conceeding just 3 goals and it was his saves against Pompey in the first half that kept United in the game as they could have gone into the second half down instead of drawing 1-1.
With Edwin Van der Sar suffering with a knee injury Kuszczak will continue between the sticks for United and whereas before this could have spelt trouble he has reassured us that he can do the job with his displays, even if its just short term. Despite keeping 3 clean sheets, he himself has come out and claimed stating he is not happy with his performances (although we are) and that he has made mistakes that he hopes to correct.
But with Kuszczak in good form what does Fergie do in January? His number 1 has a knee injury and has just flown back to his native Holland for fresh assesment whilst Ben Foster, in his performances this season, looks like he is not quite up to the job. So should he go after another keeper and possibly upset Kuszczak or keep faith in the Pole?
Just this week Schalke’s Manuel Neuer has opened the door to a move to United stating he needs Champions League football, and having not played in Europe this season for Schalke he could get this if he is signed in January.
I personally have seen nothing that shows Kuszczak isn’t up to the job, he has been more than capable for United pulling off some wonderful saves. He still needs to work on crosses and corners as well as his kicking but they have not caused much of a problem in his spell in goal this season. Fergie should stick with Kuszczak as Van der Sar hopefully won’t be out for to long. If he does persue another keeper he will face the problem of trying to keep all 4 happy when he already has problems doing that with the 3 he has.