Simply ‘now or never’ for Manchester United star

Football FanCast columnist Lewis Doe feels it is now or never for Ben Foster.

Ben Foster has always been highly thought off within the game and tipped by many for future greatness; however he has found himself caught between a rock and a hard place, during his years at Old Trafford.

Opportunities to be fair have been few and far between, due to the impressive form of Edwin van der Sar and it must have been difficult for Foster to turn down the overtures of other clubs and the guarantee of first team football.

Sir Alex Ferguson has always spoken highly of Foster and sees him as the natural successor to the Dutchman and perhaps that is the reason why he has remained so loyal throughout, however the lack of games must have tested his own patience, despite being contracted to one of the biggest clubs in the world.

They do say patience is a virtue and why I am sure that Foster will have taken no great pleasure at his rival's injury, he is determined to make up for lost time and seize the opportunity.

Foster said in The Daily Telegraph: "This is my big chance now and I've just got to give it all I've got really because Edwin has suffered a bad injury and will be out for a period of time. I just have to do what I can in the time that he's out and, hopefully, when he comes back, I'll have done enough to stay where I am." 

"I was happy with my contribution against Birmingham on Sunday, especially after last week in the Community Shield when I was disappointed with my personal performance. It was good to bounce back and keep a clean sheet. The important thing was three points, but to keep a clean sheet and do fairly well was great." 

It is certainly a now or never situation for Foster and should he succeed in the next six weeks then Van der Sar, for all his qualities, will have a real fight to get back into the team. Fergie has proven in the past there is no room for sentiment and should Foster perform then he must persist with him for the sake of continuity in the backline. It is up to Foster to give Fergie that selection headache and prove that all the hype over him being United and England's future No.1 was totally justified.