Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos eyes loan exit after Champions League bow

09 December 2010 07:34
Ben Amos is hoping to build on his Champions League debut for Manchester United by spending a short period away from Old Trafford.

The 20-year-old was handed a surprise start by Sir Alex Ferguson for the home draw with Valencia, which sealed United's status as Group C winners.

Although Ferguson felt Amos took a little bit of time to get used to his surroundings, the Red Devils chief was satisfied with what he saw in the second-half.

Learning curve: Amos was beaten by Valencia's Pablo Hernandez on his Champions League debut for United

The youngster made a couple of decent saves to ensure United collected the point they required but know faces a spell on the sidelines as Ferguson relies on Edwin van der Sar to crank up the pressure in the Premier League.

With Tomasz Kuszczak's future uncertain and Anders Lindegaard due to start training with his new team-mates next week, Amos realises even getting on the bench is going to be tough.

Which is why he feels it would be in the interests of everyone concerned if he spent a spell away on loan.

'It is crucial for a young goalkeeper to get a good run of games,' he said.

'That is how you get experience.The only way of doing that is by going out and playing regularly somewhere. If it means me going out on loan somewhere, that might be great.'

Ferguson had a chat with Amos in thesummer after deciding the Macclesfield-born youngster could fill thegoalkeeping vacancy created by Ben Foster's move to Birmingham.

Lindegaard's arrival swells thecontingent to four and although it is widely anticipated Kuszczak willmove on next month, it is by no means certain.

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In any case, Amos has seen how the careers of Foster and Joe Hart have developed recently by getting regular games.

And while he is lacking experience, he wonders whether now would be a good time to get some.

'The manager told me what he thought of me at the end of last season, which was great motivation,' he said.

'I was grateful for that. When someone of the stature of Sir Alex Ferguson has that belief in you. It gives you great confidence.

'I don't know what is going to happen with Tomasz or any other goalkeeper at the club.

'But, if I am being honest, a loan move is something I would like.

'I would benefit a lot from it. Now that we are out of the Carling Cup there are fewer opportunities for me to play anyway and it could be just the thing to take me to the next level.'

Although Ferguson claimed to have decided a fortnight ago that Amos would feature last night, the player himself only learned last week, after Kuszczak had got the nod for the Carling Cup defeat at West Ham.

Remarkably, Amos, who became a keeper by accident when his Sunday league team found themselves a man short one morning, was not affected by nerves.

If anything, he was worried because he was too laid-back. 'I felt calm,' he said.  'I wasn't nervous beforehand at all.

'My confidence is growing the more I improve. Whether it is 70,000, 100,000 or 30,000 when you are playing, it doesn't make a big difference.'

Nevertheless, he headed straight off to see his parents after emerging from the dressing room, relaying their pride at watching their son in action.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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