Foster Going Back To Old Trafford

Last updated : 30 January 2007 By Gary Holmes

Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Ben Foster will return to Old Trafford in the summer after spending a second year on loan at Watford.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been a mainstay of Watford's brave attempt to beat relegation this season, and his all-round consistent displays have deservedly seen him gain a regular place in Steve McClaren's England squad.

Although yet to make an appearance for the Red Devils since moving from Stoke City to Old Trafford 18 months ago, Ferguson has dashed any hopes Watford may have had of securing a permanent move for the player.

"Without question, Ben will come back here," said Ferguson.

"All we have done in terms of the goalkeeping situation is identify really good talent and secure their future.

We know Ben has a good future in the game. He is doing well at Watford and, at his age, has everything in front of him, because I believe him to be England's best young goalkeeper."

Ferguson then went on to add that Aidy Boothroyd gives him regular updates on Foster's progress.

"I get a fantastic monthly report from Aidy Boothroyd, which contains all the detail about how he trains, how he is as a professional and how he is developing," revealed Ferguson.

It is first-class professionalism from Aidy Boothroyd to take the time to go through all the games he plays in that month."

Foster is ineligible to play for Watford in the fixture between the two teams this coming Wednesday as Premier League rules prohibit loan players turning out against their parent club.