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Fergie: I Am Proud And Edwin Is Thrilled

Currently holding the record for the most goals scored in a Premiership season, United now have a defensive record to their name.

Last night, United went for their 11th league game without conceding, beating West Brom 5-0, making it 1031 minutes since the opposition last scored against us.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed he is very proud of his team and that his goalkeeper, Edwin Van der Sar, is delighted.

“I am proud of them,” said Ferguson. “They have been fantastic in this run. Edwin van der Sar has had a fantastic career but he was really pleased to get this record. You look at him and what happened has really thrilled him.”

Van der Sar shared his manager’s sentiments, although stressed picking up another three points was vital.

“The most important thing is the win, but of course it is great for the team to get the record,” said Van der Sar. “I just needed to keep the concentration levels high and fire up the defenders and midfielders. We are delighted with the record because we haven’t even had a settled defence, with players injured and others coming in and out.”


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19 Comments

  1. Its in my blood says:

    Testament indeed to SAF’s skills! All this with O’Shea, Phelan, Neville and others recently slated by some. Of course it doesn’t really mean anything until we convert it all into trophies, but the signs are good. Can’t wait for Mourinho & co not to mention the fat waiter now!

  2. Toby says:

    1031 goals? Surely you mean minutes :P

  3. costas says:

    I don’t know if the team will be able to break Chelsea’s defensive record for a whole season(we will have to concede 4 in 16 games-a long shot) but last night’s accomplishment is terrific in itself.Van Der Sar has been underrated ever since he came to Man United and i have never understood why.Everyone is talking about Casillas and Buffon but have they ever asked themselved how those 2 would handle the pressure of the Premiership?Or is it an age thing?Because VDS sure as hell doesn’t look like he is 38.One of SAF’s best buys in the last 10 years.

  4. Bob Koh says:

    This win is another slap in the face for Rafa, after his rant against Sir Alex & now Wenger. If Wigan holds L’pool tonight, it will be double ‘happiness’!

  5. daveob82 says:

    Its good that we no have the best defensive (clean sheets) record in Premiership history, I am happy for VDS. That said I think the defense needs to be praised more for this rather than an individual. West Brom had one shot on target last night. That has been the case for the majority of the games we have kept a clean sheet. Bolton had 2 shots on target. Sunderland had none etc….. Keep it up lads.

  6. United1990 says:

    Brilliant match and brilliant goalkeeper. No wonder P.Schmeichel recommended Sir Alex to get Van Der Sar. We are over the top with these records and titles. Now let’s see what Rafa Beneath-us has to growl about the best club playing on the planet.

  7. Colbert says:

    Has anyone read Paul Parker’s comments on the Yahoo website? Never heard him talk such drivel before. He’s saying that United’s defence don’t deserve that much credit because the game’s changed and teams attack us less.

  8. jsos says:

    TELL EM EDWIN! Brilliant result for the lads and especially our Edwin. Total class, VDS. :)

  9. knightsmith says:

    Congratulations Edwin and the rest of the United defence. I think a special mention must go to Vidic. If he keeps this form up for the rest of the season, surely he must be a very strong contender for Player of the season?

  10. Sam says:

    we’ve played some tough games away to spurs, villa, city and bolton with chelsea and wigan at home. It’s pretty good but not that suprising since villa, spurs, sunderland and middlesborough didn’t even try to score against us. Never the less we’ve looked solid with a makeshift defence when you look at last season we looked vunerable whenever we lost any of the back 5 so the lads covering deserve alot of the credit.

  11. SULLY [South Africa] says:

    Vidic deserves huge credit for that record, in my opinion, even more than EVDS. But then again, make no mistake, I ai’nt trying to take anything away from our Dutch master. Vida’s been a vital, vital cog in our team. How about Vida for the Player of the Year gong??? Anyone…

  12. tallared1 says:

    congratulations edwin!, great too see such hunger and desire in somebody who has bugger all left to win, what would we have done while he was wasting at fulham and we were dicking about with fabien et al. anyway Edwin you are a credit to the shirt and us reds are justifiably proud of you

  13. Drew Vader says:

    If Vidic keeps popping up to score vital goals while continuing to marshal the best defense in the league, I would think he would most certainly be in contention for the Player of the Year for the league or what not.

  14. Red-Manc says:

    Vidic does deserve it but unfortunately alot of great defenders in the past have been over looked just because there defenders, there a under-rated bunch of players same goes for goalkeepers.

    Nemanja Woaaahhh!

  15. keanesmagichat says:

    well done wigan, dippers were lucky in the end… rafas cracking up

  16. King Eric says:

    Did ya see Phil Thompsons face? Ha Ha ! Dippers fucked it again. some ridiculous substitutions. Rafa really is cracking up. Puts us in an excellent position now. We could do with a draw at weekend between them and rentboys.

  17. olusanjo says:

    HI KING ERIC,
    I THINK A DRAW WOUDL BE TEH PERFECT RESULT REALLY. WHEN TEAMS LOOSE, THEY COME BACK STRONGER(CHELSEA) BUT WHEN THEY DRAW, THEY DO NOT REALLY SEE TROUBLE UNTIL IT BLOWS UP IN THEIR FACE(ARSENAL LAST SEASON). I THINK A WIN FOR US THIS WEEKEND AND A DRAW FOR ALL THE OTHER GUYS(VILLA, ARSENAL, CHELSE AND LIVERPOOL) WILL BE VERY GOOD.

  18. noel mwandembo says:

    BOTH VIDA N EDWIN VAN ARE HERO S THEY HAVE SET THIS RECORD 2GETHA. KUDOS SIR ALEX HIS DECISSIONS A ALWAYS RIGHT. GO MAN U GO WE LEAD THE LEADERS

  19. suhayl says:

    Take a bow EDWIN…..absolutely incredulous record not to concede for sooooooooo long. Esp with many makeshift defences due to injuries.

    All the guys deserve huge huge huge praise for what they have done…from the forwards, midfilders AND OFCOURSE THE 8 DEFENDERS + VDS who have been absolutely amazing!!!!

    People underestimate what it takes to break a record like this…and what concentration levels you have to have game in game out.

    Superlatives do not do you guys justice…awesome!!!!!!!

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