Keeping the faith: Rio's backing Van der Sar's deputies to do the business
08 August 2009 06:49
Rio Ferdinand believes it would be to Manchester United's benefit if either Ben Foster or Tomasz Kuszczak was given a run of games between the posts.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is still debating who to choose in goal against Chelsea on Sunday in the Community Shield with Edwin van der Sar out for up to 10 weeks as his broken finger heals.
Ferdinand has faith in both goalkeepers but wants one to play regularly in the short-term.
He said: 'It is always great to play consistently with the players around you. It leads to a better understanding.
'But it is a great opportunity for whoever the manager picks. No matter who comes in, we will have great confidence in them for Tomasz and Ben are two fantastic goalkeepers.
'I think sticking with one of them would help the goalkeeper as well as the team.
'Being in an out of the side can be difficult for an outfield player, never mind a goalkeeper.
'But I am sure the manager will do what is right. He is his own man and will make up his own mind.'
United are aiming to retain the Shield after beating Portsmouth on penalties last season.
Ferdinand is eager to take on Chelsea after a good pre-season in which he showed no ill-effects of a calf strain that hampered him at the end of the last campaign.
He returned to the side in the Champions League defeat by Barcelona after a three-week absence with the problem.
He is anxious to get his hands on a trophy again and said: 'You never go to Wembley to be a runner up, you go there to win the game. That will be the same this weekend.
'It is a great opener to the season and we are fortunate to be in this position. Other managers will be watching to see where we are fitness wise, tactics wise.
'It is for everyone to look at. We will be trying to put on as good a show as we can.'
Ferguson is looking forward to going head-to-head with new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti - a coach he has the highest regard for.
The Italian has stepped into the breach at Stamford Bridge following the departure of temporary manager Guus Hiddink.
Ferguson expects Chelsea to remain a force in the league.
He said: 'With Carlo going there he will take up the baton that Guus Hiddink had carried since January. They were galvanised at that time.
'Carlo has his own system of play, which he used at AC Milan for years, of the diamond in the middle of the pitch.
'It is a different system to Hiddink's but Chelsea still have a lot of experience and a number of talented players.'
United are aiming for their fourth straight title after Chelsea won it two years in a row.
Ferguson says they raised the bar by re-adjusting their focus and improving their day-to-day work.
He added: 'A training session is not just to fill your morning in and keep you out of the house. It is to prove yourself as footballers.
'We are lucky in that some of the players past and present have that desire. It is only through training sessions players can improve.'