Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted he is hoping to force his way back into the champions’ starting line up as the Red Devils face two important cup ties in the space of four days.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men take on Leeds United in the FA Cup this afternoon before a League Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday and Foster is keeping his fingers crossed for a rare chance to impress.

With first choice gloveman Edwin van der Sar currently on compassionate leave, Tomasz Kuszczak has been preferred in goal but Foster is hopeful of seeing some playing time and spoke about the importance of both games to the club.

“It is always a big game against Leeds [United]. The rivalry between the two clubs goes back a long way,” he told the News of the World. “I am hoping to be involved in this month’s cup tie and I’m really looking forward to experiencing what this game is like to be involved in. Some people may think the competition has been devalued in recent years, but in my eyes the FA Cup is a very special trophy.