Fergie not forgetting Howard
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Tim Howard despite dropping him for Roy Carroll.Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has publicly backed Tim Howard despite ignoring him in favour of Roy Carroll in recent weeks.
The American custodian has not tasted first-team action since being dropped after the UEFA Champions League game with Lyon a month ago.
Howard made a costly error in that game after gifting the French side their opening goal with a fumble from a free-kick.
It was a mistake that has cost him his place in United's first-team, and Ferguson insists Carroll will now continue for the foreseeable future.
"He (Carroll) will stay in the team as long as his performances warrant it," the Scot stated.
"I won't be looking to change things. It's Roy's turn now."
However, Fergsuon is adamant that Howard's career at Old Trafford is far from over, and is looking to help the 25-year-old through his troubled patch.
"Every young keeper hits those little spells that he's been through.
"He had one last year as well.
"What we want to do is get him through this period."
Meanwhile, Carroll believes that he can keep a clean sheet against Arsenal on Sunday, and pinpointed the return of Rio Ferdinand as a crucial factor in United's recent defensive form.
"We don't care how many goals Arsenal have scored this season, we will just concentrate on our own game," the Northern Ireland international declared.
"The way we are defending at the moment there is no reason why we can't keep a clean sheet.
"Rio has been fantastic since he's been back in the side and the whole defence has been doing well.
"We may not be scoring too many at the moment, but at least we are not conceding goals.
"And with the strikers we have got, we know the goals will come at the other end.
"Hopefully we can get it sorted out on Sunday because it's a huge game for us.
"It's a huge game for us. Draws are not enough for us now, we've got to win every game."
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