Rio urges keeper consistency
Rio Ferdinand would like to see either Ben Foster or Tomasz Kuszczak given an extended run in the side.
Last Updated: 08/08/09 3:02pm
Rio Ferdinand would like to see either Ben Foster or Tomasz Kuszczak given an extended run in the Manchester United side.
Edwin van der Sar is set to be sidelined for a couple of months after undergoing finger surgery and Sir Alex Ferguson has yet to decide who should replace him in Sunday's Community Shield.
He has given chances to both goalkeepers when Van der Sar has been missing in the past, but Ferdinand believes one or the other should get a longer sequence of games as it would benefit the whole defensive unit.
He explained: "It is always great to play consistently with the players around you. It leads to a better understanding.
"But it is a great opportunity for whoever the manager picks. No matter who comes in, we will have great confidence in them for Tomasz and Ben are two fantastic goalkeepers.
"I think sticking with one of them would help the goalkeeper as well as the team.
"Being in and out of the side can be difficult for an outfield player, never mind a goalkeeper.
"But I am sure the manager will do what is right. He is his own man and will make up his own mind."
Ferdinand is looking forward to the clash with Chelsea at Wembley and insists the result is important.
"You never go to Wembley to be a runner up, you go there to win the game. That will be the same this weekend," he said.
"It is a great opener to the season and we are fortunate to be in this position. Other managers will be watching to see where we are fitness wise, tactics wise.
"It is for everyone to look at. We will be trying to put on as good a show as we can."