Van der Sar offers support to Foster

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Edwin van der Sar is backing Ben Foster to recover from his current problems, but warned his team-mate he also intends to take back his Manchester United place between the posts.

Foster has endured a turbulent few weeks, being blamed for two Manchester City goals in the thrilling Old Trafford derby last month before being brushed aside far too easily by Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones last weekend.

However, Van der Sar can offer some words of comfort, telling the Manchester Evening News: "Nobody has a clear path in their career. You go up and down. You just have to make sure that the downs are not as deep as the ones you go up."

He added: "I had similar things when I was young. That is what makes you the man and the player you become as a goalkeeper.

"Ben certainly has the strength of character to overcome what he has been through. How he deals with it will shape the player he will be.

"He is a very strong guy. I have sympathy for him but I have no worries about him."

After a successful reserve team comeback against Everton on Tuesday, Van der Sar is in line for a recall when United entertain Bolton next Saturday in a match that must be won just eight days before the blockbuster showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.

Sitting on the sidelines since breaking two fingers during a pre-season encounter with Bayern Munich has been a frustrating experience for a player who will celebrate his 39th birthday later this month.

Van der Sar knows the end of his career is approaching, even though he will not make a decision about his short-term future until later this year, and he does not want to miss any more action.

"I want my place back," he said. "Playing in the reserves on Tuesday was an ideal moment for me to get a game under my belt before the Premier League begins again after the international break. I needed a game."

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Ben Foster
Manchester City
Edwin Van der Sar
Bolton Wanderers
Kenwyne Jones
Premier League
Manchester United

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