Ben Amos explains why he must leave Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United keeper Ben Amos has admitted he must leave the club in order to play first-team football more regularly.

Amos was told by Louis van Gaal that he was Man United’s second-choice keeper before the season started but Victor Valdes’ arrival in January effectively ended his hopes of featuring in the starting XI.

The 24-year-old, who has been at United for 12 years, recently joined Bolton Wanderers on loan and has impressed in the absence of Andy Lonergan and Adam Bogdan.

Amos believes he must leave Old Trafford in order to develop but insisted he doesn’t regret his time at the club.

Speaking about why he has to leave United, Amos said: ”You could say Victor’s arrival was the final nail in the coffin. Pre-season, I was told I was number two. With the cup games, if I’d got a sniff of that, that would have made it worthwhile sticking around for.

“As soon as Victor was brought in, I was essentially demoted to fourth really. Fourth-choice goalkeeper, you’ve got to move on.

“If I’m being totally honest because I am a United fan is why I’ve hung around a little bit more than I should have.

“But I don’t regret anything. I’ve learnt every day and pushed myself every day. I’ve given it everything I have to make it at United.

“There’s no secrets about that. I have to go and play football. People might say I’ve waited too long at United. They’re probably right but I’m just looking forward now and wanting to enjoy my football.”

Unfortunately for Amos, he simply wasn’t going to get in the team ahead of two world-class goalkeepers.

However, fans will be happy to see him doing well at Bolton as he has been a faithful servant to United. His debut, coming on as a second half substitute for the injured Lonergan, ended in a 4-1 defeat but Amos has pushed on since and has put in some consistent performances for the Trotters.

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