Sport Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will be looking to upset England when he lines up for Poland on Tuesday

Boruc is in outstanding form but rejects talk of being the new Jan Tomaszewski

Sportsmen who failed to reach their potential

Ben Foster - the obvious England no 1 and the natural successor to Edwin van der Sar at Manchester United. Apart from it hasn't worked out that way.

Van der Sar in Manchester United reserve return

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is set to return from injury in tonight's reserves match away to Everton.

Manchester United explain Foster international absence

Ben Foster was ruled out of England's World Cup double-header against Ukraine and Belarus with a chest injury.

Injury boost for Owen

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Michael Owen should be fit for Manchester United's Premier League match with Bolton at Old Trafford on 17 October.

Foster ready to repay Ferguson faith

Ben Foster has revealed the debt of gratitude he owes to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Benitez & Ferguson: On the defensive

In the Premier League era, Liverpool have never conceded so many early goals, and Carragher is under attack. At United, Foster faces similar potshots. Ian Herbert hears the managers counter the crisis talk

Manchester United hope for seventh win on the trot

Manchester United go for a magnificent seven wins on the trot tomorrow at Stoke with Gary Neville believing the August international was to blame for their early-season malaise.

Welback savouring hometown glory for United

Danny Welbeck is living out his dream as a "Manc boy" playing for Manchester United.

Brown demands Cup focus at Manchester United

Wes Brown is determined Manchester United's Carling Cup defence will not stumble at the first hurdle tonight.

Can Harry mix it with the big boys?

With a 100 per cent record, Redknapp has every right to be confident at Spurs. But as he faces United today and Chelsea next week, his hopes of a top-four finish will face a true test

Ferdinand and Neville in contention for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville are both in contention for Manchester United's trip to Tottenham tomorrow.

Gerrard ruled out of England friendly

Steven Gerrard has pulled out of the England squad for tomorrow night's friendly with Holland in Amsterdam.

Van der Sar out for eight weeks

Manchester United will start the new season without Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who faces an eight-week layoff with a broken finger.

United take Blanc advice on Obertan

Bordeaux manager and former United defender points Ferguson to £3m France winger

Foster signs new Manchester United deal

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2013, it was announced today.

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