Date: 6th August 2009 at 1:26pm
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Ben Foster’s time has come at last. Long since touted as a future number one for United and England, he’ll get the chance to prove he can live with the expectations at the highest level.

Somewhat unfortunate that his big chance comes along by virtue of an injury: Edwin van der Sar will miss up to eight weeks with a broken finger that required surgery. The experienced Dutchman will not return before the end of September, clearing the way for Foster.

Obviously, the 26-year-old will have limited time to impress as it’s impossible to judge a goalkeeper over a two-month spell. Just remember Fabien Barthez who looked so good throughout his first season… But Foster will have to show himself to be calm, relaxed and reliable. He’ll be under pressure: if his time between the sticks will be highlighted by a series of mistakes he could find himself easily on the fringes on Sir Alex’s plans even though the manager has showed utmost faith in him so far.

But he can also stake his claim now – I’m sure Fergie will be eyeing his performances with keen interest. Foster’s got it in him, that’s certain, and hopefully he will fulfil his potential at United.