Howard thanks Fergie for rest
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
United States international keeper Tim Howard has thanked manager Sir Alex Ferguson for helping him through a sticky patch at Manchester United.
The former New York/New Jersey MetroStars shot-stopper took to The Premiership like a duck to water, but was dropped earlier this year for Roy Carroll.
Howard was named PFA keeper of the year back in April but is not favourite to start in between the sticks for United's FA Cup final against Millwall.
Howard would not have asked Ferguson for a stint in the side, but has thanked the boss for giving him a rest enabling him to come back stronger.
"The rest has definitely helped me," explained Howard.
"No player will ever go to the manager and say he needs time off, but I guess it is part of his job to know when players need a rest.
"He is a good man-manager and whatever the motivation behind his decision it has worked because I feel good now.
"I just need to get my mind right and my body back together. For any player moving abroad, the first year is always difficult.
"I have learned a lot of things this season and hopefully the next one will be easier."