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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 November, 2004, 09:43 GMT
I've been scapegoat, says Howard
Tim Howard looks dejected after conceding a goal against Lyon
Howard lost his place a after a blunder against Lyon
Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard believes he was made a scapegoat for their unconvincing start to the season.

Howard lost his place to Roy Carroll after several early-season mistakes but is set to play in Wednesday's Carling Cup tie against Crystal Palace.

"A goalkeeper is a very convenient scapegoat. I understand that," he said.

"I'm always going to own up to my mistakes but did I lose us games? No. Did I contribute to it? Yes. But it takes 11 of us to win and 11 to lose."

Howard is philosophical about his current position though as he strives to reclaim his number one standing.

"Sitting on the bench, and being one play away from being a starter again, there's a lot worse things going on in the world right now," he added.

Howard released by USA
07 Sep 04 |  Man Utd

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