Date: 12th August 2006 at 12:10pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson says our 24-year-old new signing Tomasz Kuszczak will be really tested at Old Trafford but could become the Reds Number One.

Ferguson has finally got the Polish international goalkeeper after noting his performances last season.

Sir Alex said: ‘It’s a real test for any young keeper to be in a team that’s in that situation. That’s when we took notice of him and our goalkeeping coach Tony Coton went to watch him quite a few times over the course of the season. We also feel that at 24-years-old, Tomasz’s age will be to the benefit of Manchester United in the future.’

‘I don’t think goalkeepers really mature until their mid-twenties. Peter Schmeichel was 27 when he joined us and even then we were only talking about his potential.’

Tim Howard will spend this season on loan at Everton and Ben Foster is at Watford and although Edwin van der Sar is hoping for a one-year deal and looks set to retain the Number One shirt, Ferguson has admitted ‘Tomasz is here as a live competitor for the first team spot. Of course Edwin has been fantastic and he’s an example to any young goalkeeper. He has great experience, presence and personality and that has been a fantastic help to us as we saw last season. He’s the target to aim for and that will help the young keepers develop. They will all benefit enormously from having Edwin to look up to and learn from.’

Tomasz Kuszczak has joined the chorus and says he will learn a lot from Edwin van der Sar.

“I`m delighted to be here. It`s a great move for me and I am very happy I can join a club like Manchester United. It`s the biggest club in the world in my mind. It`s a challenge to be at the same club as Edwin van der Sar. I am very happy I can train with him because he`s a great goalkeeper, one of the best in the world. I will try to do my best in training and take things from his game. I want to learn from him. I always try to take something from players I play alongside. But I will try to push Edwin, and I will be looking to do well when I get my chance in the team.”