Kuszczak seeks more starts
Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak says he wants to prolong his run in the side after starting the last six matches
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 16/12/09 6:36pm
Tomasz Kuszczak says he plans to hold onto the Manchester United No.1 shirt after enduring a long spell in the wilderness at the club.
Kuszczak started the season third in the pecking order at Old Trafford, behind veteran Edwin van der Sar and England prospect Ben Foster.
An injury to first-choice van der Sar gave Foster the chance to make the position his own - only for a series of high-profile errors to ensure the 26-year-old made a return to the subs bench.
The poor run of form has given Kuszczak a prolonged run in the side having started in United's last six outings.
He kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Wolves and said he is delighted to have been given a chance by Sir Alex Ferguson to prove his worth.
Kuszczak said: "It is great to get a run in the team. Playing for Manchester United is fantastic. Even when I have had the hard times, and I did not play, that was always my ambition.
"I didn't start thinking my chance would not come. Now it is my time to play regularly and I want to do it for a long time."
The former West Brom keeper caused controversy earlier in the season when he said that van der Sar did not give the younger keeper any feedback or advice.
Some have doubted Kuszczak's ability to hold the coveted position of being United's No.1 since his arrival in Manchester three years ago.
He looked shaky at times in the Wolves clash and conceded he must cut out silly errors in order to establish himself.
"I know what I have to do," Kuszczak said. "I have to play well and keep clean sheets. I also have to keep my mistakes to an absolute minimum.
"I am still making some small mistakes, which I am not happy with. I do try to be honest about my performances and while I didn't concede last night I made some errors which could have cost us a goal.
"Thankfully they didn't but I must try to do better next time. At the moment, every single game is like a lesson for me."