Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kuszczak attacks United for treating him as ‘a slave’

Chris Bascombe

Manchester United's out-of-favour goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has launched an astonishing attack on his club by claiming he is being treated like "a slave".

In a scathing condemnation of Alex Ferguson, Kuszczak has accused his manager of not caring about his career as he tries to regain his international place.

The Polish 'keeper says he is desperate to leave Old Trafford in January and has reacted furiously to United's recent decision to block a loan deal with Leeds.

Kuszczak wants first-team football ahead of the European Championships next summer, where he wants to play for the co-hosts.

"Do they do it maliciously?" said Kuszczak, after a deal to take him to Elland Road was called off. "I'm sad they behave like that. I've become a slave to Manchester.

"I've spoken to Alex Ferguson recently. I asked him to let me leave the club now, before the January transfer window. I told him I want to play and get back into the national team, because Euro 2012 is just around the corner, but it seems he doesn't care.

"The possibility of two months' loan to Leeds United came two weeks later. The club blocked it.

"It was a glimmer of hope for me. I would have reminded the Poland manager. But I didn't get the club's approval."

Kuszczak is yet to make a first-team appearance this season. Having been an understudy to Edwin van der Sar since moving to Old Trafford in 2007, recent arrivals David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard appear to have relegated the Pole to fourth choice, even behind youngster Ben Amos. All three rival 'keepers have played this season, with Amos featuring in the Carling Cup.

"I'm frustrated, but I don't want to slander or criticise Ferguson," said Kuszczak. "It's not my style. I have respect for him, because, for me, he's a great manager, but I hope he will let me go in January."

Kuszczak has made 61 appearances for United since joining from West Brom in 2007.

There is little doubt the Pole is now on his way out of Old Trafford, but his startling attack is unlikely to assist his cause in acquiring a speedy exit. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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