Date: 25th August 2006 at 3:39pm
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Richard Lee should keep goal for the Hornets against Manchester United on Saturday, according to the results of our poll.

On-loan ‘keeper Ben Foster is ineligible to play against Manchester United because Premier League rules state that a player cannot play against the club who has loaned him out.

Therefore, Vital Watford asked ‘Who should play in goal against Manchester United?` and the vast majority of the vote went to Richard Lee.

The 23-year-old was Watford`s first choice stopper during the 2004/05 season which saw Watford reach the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. However, the Oxford-born stopper has found his first-team opportunities limited since the arrival of Ben Foster from Manchester United and was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers for the 2005/06 season.

The two clubs had agreed a £500,000-deal for Lee that would come into effect from the end of his year-long loan, but Lee could not break into the first team at Ewood Park and re-joined the Golden Boys for pre-season training.

However, the former Academy player impressed in the Hornets pre-season matches – most notably against AC Horsens of Denmark – as Ben Foster went on tour with Manchester United to South Africa.

Lee has been on the bench for both of Watford`s Premiership matches this season.

29% of people who voted said they wanted Alec Chamberlain to play against Manchester United.

Veteran ‘keeper Chamberlain has made 790 league appearances during his career and is the only surviving member of Watford`s maiden Premiership campaign in the 1999/2000 season. Richard Lee dislodged Chamberlain as first-choice goalkeeper two seasons ago but the former Luton ‘keeper spent last season as Ben Foster`s understudy, making two appearances.

The evergreen 42-year-old – who last year celebrated his testimonial at the club – is Watford`s goalkeeper coach but has set his sights on reaching 800 league appearances.


Poll results in full:

Goalkeeper against Man Utd?

Alec Chamberlain 29%
Richard Lee 71%