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It was a bitter-sweet outing for Tomasz Kuszczak against West Ham on Wednesday night as the scramble to get in Manchester United's goal turns into a crush.

With Ben Foster fit again and Edwin van der Sar showing no sign of relinquishing his status as United number one despite celebrating his 38th birthday, Kuszczak knows his opportunities to impress are going to be limited.

So, having been drafted into Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up for Wednesday night's encounter with West Ham at Old Trafford, the Poland international might have hoped to be more than a virtual bystander in a cruise for the home side.

"It is not easy when you have nothing to do," reflected Kuszczak.

"But that is how it is for a goalkeeper. You have to try hard to keep your concentration for 90 minutes.

"You need to do your job properly and keep a clean sheet. This is most important thing for a goalkeeper and of course very important for the team as well.

"It was a big day for me because I have not played for a few weeks. I hope I get another chance soon. Saturday? Why not?"

In truth, Van der Sar is almost certain to get his place back for the weekend visit of Hull.

As luck would have it, the only other occasion the veteran Dutchman failed to make United's starting line-up this season, neither Kuszczak nor Foster were fit, with Ferguson handing Ben Amos a senior debut in the Carling Cup against Middlesbrough.

Ferguson has pencilled Foster in to play at Celtic next Wednesday, with the League Cup tie with QPR six days later offering another opportunity for one of van der Sar's deputies.

"They will all get their minutes on the clock," said Ferguson.

"We have to manage the situation with Edwin because he is 38.

"At that age, we don't need him to play every game because we have two very capable goalkeepers in Tomasz and Ben. Having Ben fit again is an enormous boost to us because he is an outstanding goalkeeper."

Indeed, Ferguson has previously stated he rates Foster as England's best goalkeeper, an opinion the 25-year-old would surely have been able to put to the test if he had not spent the last 18 months on the treatment table, first with a cruciate knee ligament injury, then an ankle problem.

Foster has already proved his talent in two spells at Watford, so it is hardly a surprise Harry Redknapp should be thinking about getting him to Tottenham.

However, such a move would be tantamount to an admission of failure by Ferguson, which appears unlikely at this stage.

It is a delicate balancing act for the Scot, who handed Kuszczak a two-year contract extension last month that will keep him at United until 2012, especially as van der Sar remains hungry as ever.

"The hunger is still there to win as many trophies as possible," said the 'keeper whose penalty save from Nicolas Anelka won United the Champions League last season.

"You know when you come to a club like this you will be challenging for trophies and we have been lucky enough to win a few over the last few years."

The three-way battle is mirrored at right-back where Wes Brown, Gary Neville and teenage gatecrasher Rafael are competing for a single spot, while midfield presents a problem now Michael Carrick has recovered from ankle and foot injuries and made a substitute appearance against the Hammers.

And there is the conundrum up front where, it seems Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov are fighting it out for only two spaces.

"Three players just won't fit into two positions," reflected Ferguson, who did at least hold out a potential solution on one-off occasions.

"I could play all three," he added.

"It may lack balance at times but Rooney could play anywhere so it is an option."

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Well, Foster is definitely a better goalkeeper and I would love him to be no 1 pretty soon, and for the next 10 or so years if it turns out like that.

Tomasz is a decent keeper, but hes not a good-enough all-round keeper to be Utds no 1 goalkeeper, but hes definitely good enough to be our no 2. If Foster ends up being No 1 when VDS leaves/retires, or if we sign another keeper, it'll be interesting to see what Tomasz's decision will be.

However, saying that, from what I saw of the game last night he didn't do too much wrong so I'm not sure we should put VDS back in as yet. He may be no 1, but if Tomasz didn't put a foot wrong, it'd be a bit harsh to drop him. But then again, that'll be a bit harsh on VDS so I won't have any complaints either way tbh, but I think Fergie will go with VDS if hes fit.

But I would say that Tomasz looks to have the edge of Foster atm.

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burnzy - didn't he save that penalty against Arsenal though?

Anyways, unlike Jazz I'm not so happy with VDS. He's been the best since Schmeichel, but has been deteriorating. OK, after his horror at Liverpool he's been good, but nothing Kuszczak couldn't do.

Keepers are like strikers and need confidence and both PIG, as well as Foster need games.

It's a mark of his quality that Foster was able to do so well against Derby last season after not playing at all.

OK, I'm not Eric Steele, but I'd be surprised if Kuszczak and Foster don't feature more often. TBH, I tink a loan move for Foster would be good.

He gets to prove himself - although he already did that at Watford - and PIG gets more games standing in for VDS.

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If I'm being honest I really don't want PIG to be number 1. I cringe every time the ball goes near him as he can't catch, can't kick and his communication skills seem to be a bid dodgy.

VDS had a blip earler but he's been steady recently. Foster for me is the next number 1. If it wasn't for his injury problems I'd say we should sell PIG right now.

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everytime P>I>G plays i have to put a nappy on!

He's a decent shot stopper, but his handling and decision making are terrible...every time a cross copme in i **** myself (hence the nappy)

Ah.... I know what you mean and he used to make me that nervous too, but give PIG a chance, he's actually won me over a little. I know what you mean about his decision-making, but VDS makes me even more nervous nowadays and I'm quite a chubby guy, so I save money on big nappies whenever VDS doesn't play
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