Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Ben Foster as Manchester United's future No 1 after handing him a new deal.
The England goalkeeper has agreed a four-year contract at Old Trafford after Ferguson convinced him that he will eventually take over from Edwin van der Sar.
Foster, 26, has been blighted by injuries and limited opportunities since joining from Stoke in 2005.
But he has been pinpointed as the man to replace Dutch veteran Van der Sar, who is set to quit at the end of next season.
High hopes: Sir Alex Ferguson
'We are delighted that Ben has signed a new four-year deal,' said Ferguson. 'Ben is seen as one of the best young goalkeepers in England and we genuinely see him as a successor to Edwin Van Der Sar.'
Foster, who will battle with Van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak for a starting spot in World Cup year, was delighted with the deal.
'I'm really happy to commit my future to the club,' he said. 'The team spirit here is fantastic and working along side Edwin and Tomasz has been a great influence on my career.'