Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll looks to have won his battle with Tim Howard for an FA Cup final place against Millwall in Cardiff.
Carroll replaced Howard as first choice and manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to retain him for the rest of the season.
Ferguson said: "Roy is a full international who has been with us for three years and done fantastically well when whenever we've called on him.
"We recognise Tim needs a break and needs time to regain his freshness."
Ferguson added: "Roy has come in and done brilliantly. He's been very patient in waiting for his opportunity and he's proved his class when he's played for us."
And Howard admits his team-mate has earned the right to keep his place.
He said: "I want to be out there playing, but the manager knows best and I trust his judgement.
"It's difficult to watch from the stands when you've been playing regularly but you have to give Roy credit. He's done well and deserves to be playing right now.
"I know what he's capable of because I train with him every day. Goalkeeper is a strange position because you have to train with your immediate competitor every day and no quarter is given.
"I definitely want to get back in the side as soon as possible but it's up to the manager to make that choice."