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Saints stopper aiming for shut-out double over Wayne Rooney
Artur Boruc is setting his sights on shutting out Wayne Rooney twice in five days – and taking his place among Saints’ most successful keepers.
The St Mary’s stopper is expected to start for Poland in their vital World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley next Tuesday night.
There, in his 56th international, he could line up against not only Saints teammate Rickie Lambert, but also Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.
Just five days later Boruc will be facing Rooney again – this time in Saints colours as Mauricio Pochettino’s side resume league action at Old Trafford.
If Boruc can keep another clean sheet in Manchester, he will become the first Saints keeper in more than 12 years to record five blanks on the bounce in the league.
The last man to manage that feat was Paul Jones back in 2000/01 under the management of Glenn Hoddle.
Jones actually kept seven in a row for Saints in February and March 2001.
Boruc, 33, has been on sparkling form for Saints this season, including several good saves in the 2-0 win over Swansea.
That was his fifth clean sheet in seven league games – matching the same amount of clean sheets he kept in 20 Premier League outings in 2012/13.
Pochettino enthused: “He was incredible. He did ever so well.
“It just shows we have full trust on his performances and on his skill and also on the other keepers, Paulo (Gazzaniga) and Kelvin (Davis).
“We are very happy with them.
“We were able to keep another clean sheet which is a massive positive for us and overall it shows he has our full trust to be our number one keeper.
“We are as happy as we are with him we are with the rest of the squad. We are delighted.”
Boruc endured a tough start at Saints with the team were struggling in the Premier League at the time of his arrival.
He let in four goals at West Ham on his debut almost a year ago before being the subject of an investigation into whether he threw a water bottle at fans during his home debut against Tottenham.
But the Pole has put all that a long way behind him, much to the delight of his manager.
“I don’t know what happened in the past. I wasn’t here so I don’t know about any major mistakes he made,” said Pochettino.
“The only thing I can say is in the eight months I have been here he has been excellent for us.
“There has been great competition between the three main keepers and also the keepers that are coming behind in the youth teams.
“Overall, we are very happy with his contributions and the great atmosphere within our three keepers.”
Saints will also be chasing a sixth successive league and cup clean sheet when they travel to Old Trafford.
The last time they managed that was during Tim Flowers’ time in goal in early 1992.
Back then, Saints kept five successive clean sheets in the league and also drew 0-0 against Norwich City in an FA Cup tie in between.
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