Howard thanks Barthez
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Howard has taken Barthez's place in the United side this season with the Frenchman falling down the pecking order.
Despite their rivalry, Howard has praised Barthez for looking out for him and helping him settle at his new club.
"Fabien's been great," Howard told the New York Daily News. "I enjoy his company, but it's a really difficult situation. I wanted his job. He wants my job.
"Yet we somehow find a way to compete fairly for the betterment of the team. But that's easy to say. It's very difficult to do."
Howard has also spoken of his surprise at the intense scrutiny players come under in England compared to America.
"When you're at Manchester United, everything is scrutinised, every little thing," added Howard.
"There's a pressure to perform every day that is greater. Pressure can bust pipes or make diamonds. I turn that pressure into something I can enjoy.
"The real unfortunate part is when I make the saves it's 'brilliant save by Howard'. When I make a mistake, it's 'the American has a lot to learn'.
"You could get consumed by that, but you have to let it slide off your back."