Kuszczak lauds retiring Van der Sar
Kuszczak insisted no other player could have ousted Van der Sar from the United side in the last five years and admitted he would look to leave if he did not now succeed the Dutchman as No1. The 29-year-old Pole's departure seems almost inevitable, with Atletico Madrid's David de Gea looking set to move to Old Trafford this summer.
Whatever happens, Kuszczak claimed it had been a privilege to train alongside 40-year-old Van der Sar, who failed to sign off with a third Champions League title last night as Barça romped to a 3-1 victory at Wembley.
Substitute Kuszczak said: "Edwin is a terrific goalkeeper and I learnt a lot. He put me on the bench for a long, long time and I don't think there is any goalkeeper in the world who can put him on the bench. That's why it is not a surprise I sit on the bench.
"I came to this club five years ago with big hope that I was going to get the chance and a chance to play regularly, but Edwin never gave up and he always played well. He was, you can say, one of the best players in the team and obviously it was difficult to push him out.
"Now's he's finished and we are good friends. We spent a lot of nice moments together and I wish him all the best. We're going to keep in touch and I can still learn a lot from him."
Pole open to future offers
He added: "Things have changed now because obviously Edwin has finished. It doesn't matter which goalkeeper's going to come to Manchester United in the Premier League - it's going to be difficult for him because I know this league is a really tough league and the first team can lose against the last team.
"I would like to play regularly and get a chance to play more games, express myself and catch good form. It's difficult to show something based on one game in a month because we know in football, like in different sports, you have to have some games in a row, be on the pitch and then you can build up your confidence and do different things.
"I didn't get the chance enough over a few years but I don't know what is going to happen with me, to be honest." Kuszczak was expecting a decision on his own future "soon" and confirmed he would consider moving abroad.
He said: "I'm open. I would like to play football regularly and if I'm going to get a nice proposal from a different league, why not? I'm going to think about that. I love the Premier League. I know this league. I've been playing here for seven years now and I like this league. But all doors are open for me."