Ben Foster recently informed reporters that glory in the FA Cup with Watford during the 2018/19 season would mean a great deal more than the success he had with Manchester United after he admitted that he genuinely struggled to cope with the brutal drive for trophies at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ben Foster at Watford
Ben Foster, who is currently 36 years old, has enjoyed one of the most glorious seasons of his football career after he decided to leave Albion for Watford last summer. The former goalkeeper for England could have been the first-choice for Manchester United after he was billed as Edwin van der Sar’s successor by Ferguson following his phenomenal performance in the penalty shoot-out League Cup final win when they faced Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.
Ferguson stated that the future is in the hands of Foster after being highly impressed by the development of the player. However, a loss of confidence and form witnessed Ben Foster leaving Manchester United to play at Birmingham City only 12 months later. He is now approaching the final years of his football career at Watford.
The Watfords are set to face Wolves this weekend in an attempt to reach the FA Cup final for the first time since 1984. Ben Foster has informed several reporters that the joy of claiming a win for a football club without the added pressure of expectancy is something that the player relishes after he failed to understand the reaction to success with Manchester United truly.
Comments from Ben Foster
“I managed to win the League Cup while I was playing for Birmingham during 2011 and its definitely one of the highlights when it comes to my career,” Foster stated. “We faced Arsenal on that day in Wembley, and we were considered the underdogs in that game. Thankfully, we won the match, and when you run down the pitch to see the reaction of the fans in the stadium, you start to understand how much it means to them too entirely.
“I remember walking back to the coach after we won the match and it was basically, ‘Okay lands, training tomorrow, we have a Champions League game on Tuesday.’ “It was instantly forgotten just like that. I was surprised. We did not celebrate at all, and that’s where the difference comes in at Watford for me.
“I was unable to get my head around the fact that it was simply another trophy for the cabinet. However, I believe that when you claim the trophy with a team like Watford, West Brom, or Birmingham, it would mean a great deal more.”
Looking back at the football career of Foster, where he had 8 England caps, a Premier League title, and 4 League Cups, there is a sense that he was never fulfilled when Manchester United signed him in 2005 from Stoke City. Foster also admitted that Manchester United was way too much, way too soon.