Wilson wrote in his column for the Telegraph: “Foster, still on loan with Watford from Manchester United, has been a revelation. He impressed me last year when Watford were promoted. He was on loan then, and was outstanding.
“The last time I saw Foster live, at the Emirates, Watford should have lost to Arsenal by eight goals but Foster kept them in the game. That level of performance has been repeated again and again this season.
“A goalkeeper’s roots are so important. When I look at former England greats in goal, they all had a grounding at lower levels. They learnt their trade there. Foster is no different. Stoke City gave him his break, although he never actually played for their first team. Instead he went on loan to Bristol City, Kidderminster and Wrexham, where Sir Alex Ferguson spotted him and paid Stoke £1 million.
“I admire Foster’s amazing ability to inspire the Watford lads around him, in his body language, his presence and an obvious pride in his performance. He looks to have all the hallmarks of a long-term winner.
“In short, I see him replacing Edwin Van der Saar as Manchester United’s goalkeeper in the long term.”