Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the attitude of goalkeeper Ben Foster as he prepares to make his comeback tonight in the reserves.

Foster is back after a preseason knee operation and Ferguson said: "You need a lot of determination and sacrifice during a time like this.

"Most of the work has been done by himself. You have to get down to it. You need to work hard and not take days off.

"Ben has listened to advice from specialists. At his age it is not a problem. If he was in his 30s it would be different altogether.

"We may have had to rush him back a bit. But he is young and they are doing the right thing with him."