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Fergie Delighted with Howard's Everton Progress

  • BBC News, Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:13 PM
Prior to Manchester United's Premiership clash Wednesday with Everton at Old Trafford, which the Red Devils won easily, 3-0, Sir Alex Ferguson discussed the form of 27-year old American goalkeeper, whom Manchester United sent out on-loan to Everton at the beginning of the season. "Tim has been doing really well at Everton, which is what we hoped for," Ferguson said. "David Moyes is delighted with Tim, but it is certainly a possibility he could come back to us, no question." Howard is contracted to Manchester United until 2009. "The potential has always been there because he has great elasticity, he is brave, has a good spring and is an excellent distributor of the ball," Ferguson added. "All he needed was the experience, and now he is getting it." During the 2003-04 season, Howard became Man United's first-choice keeper, but a series of high-profile mistakes, particularly the error that led Jose Mourinho's FC Porto past the Red Devils in the second round of the Champions League, led to his relegation to the bench. This year, Howard has started every game for Everton, except yesterday's clash, which he was forced to sit out due to the stipulations of his loan agreement.

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