Thomas Kuszczak has said that he wants to replace Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van Der Sar when he retires. Kuszczak has claimed to be the right man to replace the veteran goalkeeper, playing down rumours of a move away from Old Trafford in the January transfer window. He had previously stated that he would prefer to be sold to another club if he did not get opportunities to play regular first team football.

Speaking on his future at the club, Kuszczak said, “There has been all this speculation about my future but I am hopeful I can play more. There has always been competition for this club and there always will be. This is how football works. I intend to do well all the time when I get a chance to play. That is what would give me a future at United.”

Kuszczak has got a rare chance to prove his worth in the wake of Van der Sar’s absence due to a flu virus, and the Poland international says he is determined to make the most of his temporary place in the starting eleven. He said, “Every game is massive for me. I want to show that I can take over from Edwin. For us young players, we have to be ready. When we play, we must play very well.”