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How I failed to fulfill my dream as United’s first-choice goalkeeper, Tomasz Kuszczak

Timothy Aiyeku

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Former Man United goalkeeper, Tomasz Kuszczak has confessed to failing in his bid to become Man United’s first-choice goalkeeper in his time at Old Trafford before he left.

Tomasz Kuszczak joined Man United on a season-long loan deal from West Brom in 2006 but ended up as a permanent player, spending six years at the club and securing 61 appearances before he left in 2012.

He was never a first-choice goalkeeper because of the presence of Edwin van der Sar for much of that period but that does not stop him from winning medals as a Man United player, including three Premier League titles and the 2007/08 Champions League.

The former shot stopper also had the opportunity to mount the goal post in the 2010 League Cup final at Wembley, helping with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, for a fourth success in the competition overall.

Tomasz Kuszczak was on an edition of the pod, and he made his regret known about his Man United career under manager Alex Ferguson.

“I didn’t get what I really wanted. I wanted to be goalkeeper number one for Manchester United, but I respected that, because Edwin was a fantastic goalkeeper,” Tomasz told us.

“If I had to lose against someone, or be stopped from getting the number one, it would be by a guy like Edwin.

“Edwin is Edwin. I always said, even before I signed with Manchester United, for me he was one of the best, when I watched his games with Fulham and Ajax. When I was 11 years old, Edwin had already won the Champions League. What we’re talking about is a fantastic career for this guy. He played very well for a long time.”

Tomasz Kuszczak, who played for Brighton, Wolves and Birmingham in the Championship before quitting in 2019. He has since been without a job.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.