Ferguson to keep faith in Foster

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that Ben Foster will keep his place in goal against former club Stoke City tomorrow despite his poor performance in the Manchester derby last Sunday.

Foster, who failed to make the first team in three years at the Potters, produced an error-ridden display against Manchester City, and was at fault for their opening goal at Old Trafford as ex-United star Carlos Tevez dispossessed him in his area.

Tomasz Kuszczak had been tipped to make his first start of the season after his clean sheet in the Carling Cup defeat of Wolves on Wednesday. Ferguson, however, has instead given a public vote of confidence to Foster, maintaining that the 26-year-old will start at the Britannia Stadium.

"It was a good opportunity for Tomasz to play on Wednesday but Ben will play tomorrow," Ferguson confirmed.

"Ben has not had a lot of game experience but he will be OK."

Meanwhile, the United boss also revealed that first choice keeper Edwin van der Sar was still some way off full fitness after surgery on his hand. The Dutchman broke two fingers in a pre-season game against Bayern Munich in July.

"We still feel he is three weeks away," Ferguson stated.