United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak has spoken out about his time at Old Trafford, and the ‘double standards’ that saw him tumble down the pecking order.
Kuszczak is currently on loan to Watford after becoming fourth choice keeper at Old Trafford and feels that he wasn’t given a chance to become United’s number 1.
Kuszczak spent the majority of his time at the club as backup to Edwin van der Sar and hasn’t turned out for United since a shaky performance against Blackburn at the tail end of last season. As Edwin van der Sar retired, United brought in David De Gea from Atletico Madrid further limiting his chance.
And De Gea, along with Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos, have kept Kuszczak out of contention this season. Kuszczak’s contract expires this summer and with Sir Alex confirming it won’t be renewed the Pole has spoken on his time at United with The Sun:
“It is five [years at the club], to be honest, as the last one does not exactly count.
“I’ve not played a single game after being pushed aside. This was all a disappointing end to my time at United. In previous years there was no place for keeping mistakes and I always knew that. It is a big club. This year there’s more of a place for keeping mistakes and bad performances. This is the way it is. I’m disappointed about how things have ended.
“I want to stress I want to see the United lads win the Premier League. They’re still my friends and I wish them the best. Why should I be angry with them?
“But I’m disappointed. Really disappointed about the way things worked out. I had waited and did what Sir Alex had asked me over this period of time. I was loyal but didn’t receive enough chances to prove myself and that’s why I’m here today.
“Edwin van der Sar is my friend. He was great. It was difficult to beat someone like this as he didn’t make many mistakes. He was always fit and was good to learn off. I’d been waiting for a long time and Edwin retired. Then Sir Alex took the decision and I must accept it.
“I knew I’d not play if he decided to bring someone in for £18 million. It was obvious he was going to play regardless of how well he’d do. I’ve missed football so much. It was hard to remain motivated at United when I was training hard and not playing.
“When I got this chance, I wanted to take it straight away. I want to learn a lot and move forward in my career, whether it is Watford or another club. My contract with United expires this year. I’ll try and find a new club where I get a chance to train hard and make myself better.
“I had a few offers last summer and in January but for whatever reason, I couldn’t leave. Now I’ve a lot to prove. I’ll make sure I’m ready for the game. Hopefully in the future if I get a chance to play in the Prem I can take it.”
This isn’t the first time Kuszczak has spoken out about his treatment at Old Trafford, previously claiming that he was being treated like a slave, before stating that he had been misquoted.