Premier League Legend Who Played for Man United Retires from Football

Premier League Legend Who Played for Man United Retires from Football

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:11 PM
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  • Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has announced his retirement from active football
  • Foster, who spent five years at Old Trafford, announced his retirement on his podcast, citing family reasons
  • The two-time Premier League winner's last assignment was with Watford, who he dumped after they were relegated from the top-flight last season

Legendary Premier League goalkeeper Ben Foster has called time on his illustrious football career.

Foster has been without a club since the end of last season since leaving Watford following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Ben Foster reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford. Photo by Nathan Stirk.
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The 39-year-old has now resolved to hang his gloves, with the Englishman revealing Newcastle United approached him over a possible move but turned down the offer.

While announcing his retirement, Foster disclosed that the decision to turn down Newcastle was down to his family.

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"I just didn't want to do it, I had this deep feeling, and the wrench of it was that I'd have to move away from home, that would kill me," Foster told his podcast, The Cycling GK.

"If I'm in an apartment in Newcastle by myself, away from my family, I don't think people can understand. That's hard to do, especially at the age I am and with everything else I've got going on," he added.

Ben Foster's career breakdown

The Englishman started his career at Stoke City before he joined Wrexham on loan after he had failed to break into the first team for the Potters.

It was during his time at Wrexham when he was spotted by Sir Alex Ferguson, who brought him to Old Trafford in the summer of 2005.

He went on to spend five years with the Red Devils, playing second fiddle for Edwin van der Sar.

He later had stints with Birmingham City and West Brom before he wound up his career with Watford.

Foster made a total of 536 appearances in his professional career, including 390 in the Premier League.

He won the Premier League title on two occasions during his time with Man United.

Man United want Oblak to replace De Gea

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Manchester United are hunting for a long-term replacement for David de Gea, who will be out of contract in the summer of 2023.

Erik ten Hag is said not to be 'convinced' with the idea of having the Spaniard as the Red Devils' first choice keeper.

Reports suggest the Dutchman has identified Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak as an ideal replacement for De Gea.

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