Ben Foster says Sir Alex Ferguson told him he was done at Man United following 2009 display v Man City

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Ben Foster has been the best English goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.

Well, according to the stats anyway.

The Watford ‘keeper’s save percentage of 68.8 is the best out of any English shot-stopper in the top flight for 2018-19, better than Joe Hart’s 65 per cent and Jordan Pickford’s 64.8 per cent.

It’s been Foster’s best campaign for some time, and his form is no doubt helping him to forget about some of the more disappointing parts of his career.

It’s easy to forget that the 35-year-old once played for Manchester United but his time at Old Trafford wasn’t easy.

Foster made too many mistakes to last at Man United, and he believes the end came after his performance against Man City in September 2009.

The Red Devils won the game 4-3 but Foster was at fault for City’s first goal, hesitating on the ball and watching on as Carlos Tevez teed up Gareth Barry to score.

Ferguson went at Foster at FT

He also could have done better for Craig Bellamy’s second goal, which made it 3-3.

Watch the two goals at 0:53 and 3:50.

Michael Owen’s last-gasp winner ensured the headlines wouldn’t be about Foster, but the ‘keeper still believes that day signalled the end for him at Old Trafford.

“That was the end of my career there, really,” Foster told the Daily Mail. “The manager has absolutely gone at me, so I knew then I wasn't playing again. That was horrible.

“It was a few four-letter words. ‘That's you. You're done’. Then there is some more and you are like, ‘Oh s***, it's still coming’.

“I was not great at dealing with that back then and it was horrible but then you learn from it and realise it's brilliant.”

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It wasn’t the only time Foster felt the full force of Fergie’s wrath.

“That wasn't even the worst b********* I got from Fergie, by the way,” he continued.

“I took a penalty in a shoot-out on a pre-season tour to South Africa and I missed it. He went mental about that!”

Ferguson may have had doubts that Foster would ever last in the Premier League but to his credit, he's bounced back from his United disappointment.

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