No frustration for Howard
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tim Howard claims he is not frustrated at losing out to Edwin van der Sar.
Manchester United keeper Tim Howard claims he is not frustrated at playing second fiddle to Edwin van der Sar.
The American signed a new contract with United last season but the summer capture of Holland's number one has left him on the sidelines, even after Roy Carroll's departure for West Ham.
With a rare first team outing scheduled for Wednesday's Carling Cup tie with Barnet, the former New York/New Jersey MetroStars keeper is determined to make an impression.
"I think every footballer wants to play regularly," he told Sky Sports News. "Frustration? No.
"I'm not frustrated.
"Mentally, I'm strong. Physically, I've been training well and there's certainly not frustration.
"We'll see. I feel like I'm getting better. When I'm given an opportunity, I will hopefully prove myself and that's all I can really do."
Although the Carling Cup presents a chance for Howard at Old Trafford, he is viewing the bigger picture and claims the club are focused on the targets ahead of them.
"I think, more importantly, it's just the day in, day out competition that only makes the squad stronger," he explained.
"There's 22 internationals with everyone battling for a place and so, for my money, it's good. The competition we have at this club is healthy and it only makes you a better player.
"I think we were unlucky [against Tottenham in the 1-1 draw last Saturday] in the sense that we attacked well and created chances but it just didn't fall for us.
"Disappointed? Maybe, but we still have more things to do this week, this weekend and next week in the Champions League.
"We set our sights ahead not behind."