Club: Manchester United
Date of Birth: April 10th 1990
Place of Birth: Macclesfield, England
Previous Club(s): None
Whilst not producing one of their own for a starting job, Manchester United’s record with young goalkeepers is perhaps unrivalled in England in recent years. Numerous United products don the gloves at football league clubs up and down the country, and Ben Amos is the latest in line to come through the system. Crewe’s loss in releasing Amos at the age of ten will ultimately be someone’s gain – be that United or not.
He broke into the Academy team as a schoolboy, making a handful of appearances before taking over full-time in his first year as a scholar. A disclocated shoulder prevented him from travelling to Korea for the Under-17 World Cup in 2007, but he was back to full fitness to resume as first choice for the 07/08 season, a year in which he pushed on into the Reserve team.
Growing into a body suitable for a goalkeeper, the tall and broad Amos has a large wingspan with fine agility and hand skills. He’s a mature lad who keeps his defence organised and has good positioning for one so young. He can improve upon kicking and distribution, but that can be levelled at many a young goalkeeper. If he continues to develop as he has done so far, expect his name to be added to the bottom of a list including Paul Rachubka, Tommy Lee, Ben Williams and others.
The year didn’t start as Amos hoped, missing out on a place in England’s final squad for the European Under-19 Championships after being named in the provisional party. Not to let it affect him, he secured his berth as the Reserve team’s number one goalkeeper after a fine pre-season, allowing the club to loan Ron-Robert Zieler out. His performances led to Sir Alex Ferguson calling upon him to keep goal in a senior fixture for the first time. He debuted against Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup, playing well during a 3-1 victory. He was also part of the squad which travelled to Japan for the World Club Cup, due to a hand injury to Ben Foster.