Fergie backs Howard for number one slot
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Howard completed a summer switch to The Red Devils from New York/New Jersey MetroStars and has immediately made his mark with his new team.
The imposing shot-stopper impressed during United's pre-season tour of his homeland and produced solid performances in victories over Juventus and Barcelona.
United boss Ferguson is delighted with Howard's early contribution and believes the keeper could usurp Barthez as first choice at Old Trafford this season.
"I would certainly say that Tim Howard has been impressive since he joined us," said Ferguson.
"As to whether he will be our number one, well, the signs are better than I expected. I thought he would have taken more time to settle in.
"The boy wants to win so he could well be the one. He certainly has character and you need character to be a Manchester United player."
Howard has been happy with his early displays for The Red Devils and is ready for the challenge of displacing enigmatic Frenchman Barthez.
"This has just been the beginning for me," said Howard. "But things have being going well, on and off the pitch.
"I do not want to get too excited about The Premiership in case I don't play, though I am looking forward to a new challenge.
"I know Fabien Barthez is a World Cup winner and he will react well to the competition. We are all trying for the number one shirt. Only one can play and that will be up to the manager."