Ben Foster becomes oldest goalkeeper to keep clean sheet in Premier League against United at Old Trafford

If you told Ben Foster back in 2009 that in 2022 he would be sharing a pitch with Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford and setting a Premier League record, he would have thought he would go onto become a Manchester United great.

It hasn’t quite worked out like that for Foster, but he did have a very good day at Old Trafford on Saturday, at United and Ronaldo’s expense.

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Foster helped Watford keep a clean sheet against United in a hard fought 0-0 draw for the Hornets.

As reported by Opta, this helped Foster set a record as the oldest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League against United at Old Trafford, at 38 years and 239 days old.

This broke the previous record set by Arsenal’s David Seaman in 2002.

Another unwanted statistic

United want to be setting the right records. Not ones like this. The team had 22 shots at goal against Watford and failed to score.

To make matters worse, Foster did not even have to be brilliant to keep his clean sheet, United registered only three shots on target.

United were incredibly wasteful, making 676 passes and barely testing the opposition goalkeeper. That is some credit to the Watford defence, but the Hornets conceded four against Crystal Palace just days earlier.

The phenomenon of teams raising their games to face United is not new, and it is one the team need to learn to deal with.

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United began the game well, creating chances, and once Watford got through the early barrage, they began to gain confidence and start believing they could hold on and United found it harder and harder to break them down.

Next up United face City, and you can bet we won’t be creating 22 chances in that match. The team needs to be far more ruthless if we are going to avoid defeat.

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