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Thoughts And Prayers With Edwin

Reports emerged today revealing that Edwin Van der Sar’s wife, Annemarie, suffered a stroke last week and is now seriously ill. Edwin has been at her bed side in Holland as they await test results.

Our goalie hasn’t played since November, ruled out with a knee injury, and has been excused from any further duty for United until more is known about his wife’s condition. The couple have two children, Joe and Lynn.

Depending on the results, fans may have to prepare themselves for Van der Sar’s retirement.

“Annemarie had a problem over in Holland a week ago and has been admitted to hospital,” Ferguson said today. “That is the best place for her to be. They have examined her twice and are trying to get to the root of it. I have told Edwin to stay over there. There is no point in him being here. The best thing is for him to be with his wife. Hopefully she will make a good recovery.”

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  1. ArmaDino says:

    @ aig
    VDS said that he was thinking about retiring, yet why should he return next season…..I say sell Ben “The Hole” Foster, bring Neuer or Akinfeev and we can do some business..

  2. jespermoses says:

    shocking news!…I hope she makes a full recovery and VDS saves us in a penalty shoot out in May

  3. Corea says:

    so sad..

  4. aig alex is god says:


    I said if he wants to he can return. He is and will always be a top keeper.If he wises to continue he can always come back next season.If he wishes to retire then he can retire. Its his choice. I was just saying incase he wants to because he was mulling over whether to extend his deal or not before this tragic think happened and it was looking like he may continue for one more year.he looked very good when he came back this season.

  5. edwin says:

    My best wishes are with Edwin Van Der Sar and his family, I hope his wife makes a full and complete recovery.

  6. King Eric says:

    Re : The keepers.

    Not the best place to put it as it is a sad one but it IS relevant.

    Out of all the three keepers they did a table thing on telly the other night for minutes played, goals conceded, clean sheets etc. Thomas K has the best record of the lot. Interesting.

  7. King Eric says:

    If only we had bought Edwin ten years ago. A top top keeper.

  8. willierednut says:

    As ghtt said, puts football in to perspective.

  9. The Binocular says:

    Let’s hope his wife gets better.

    I think Edwin has been an unsung hero for United. You need players like this when you have so many glitz and glam players.

    However, I think United need to start thinking long term.

    Find out why Cesc Fabregas is statistically the most in form player

  10. Chris20LEGEND says:

    Looks like weve seen the last of edwin so :(

  11. bchilds says:

    Thoughts are with you big man, I pray I never have to go through something as traumatic as having your loved one suffering with something so serious.

    Come back when you’re ready or not at all, I keep thinking about Martin O’Neill when I hear this story and how he quit his Celtic job to nurse her.

  12. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    The Binocular
    what a fantastic post to advertise your website and some stupid fricking post on it about an arsenal player
    why dont i post a video about emily singing a nice little ditty about steven hunt.
    I cant get this news out of my head as i said earlier it puts football into perspective and 3 points tomorrow we often score 6 but we seldom score 10 game or another fulham away means nothing in the grand sceam of things.
    I dont think i have kissed my daughters forehead since reading this news collectivly in the last year and i love my daughter more than air.
    I feel so much for a giant in my eyes to be in such a vulnerable and helpless state but my best wishes go out to the man. my taughts go to his lady life

  13. BillyMCFCDavey says:

    some things are beyond football.

    thoughts with the family and wish you a speedy recovery.

  14. Jandsdad says:

    my thoughts are with Edwin at this tough time

  15. Patrick says:

    well.. on the long run it will mean that Kuszczak will get more playing time, and i think he is in need of that..

  16. King Eric says:

    BillyMCFCDavey – Fair play mate.

  17. King Eric says:

    Patrick – So do I. He is improving and getting more confident every game. Even his decision making has been good. I never thought he would be the one more likely to make it than Foster. Not being awful but I wouldn’t be too bothered if I never saw Ben in a United shirt again. Just don’t think he can handle United. He gives me the fucking willys every time he plays. Still having nightmares from Citeh at home.

  18. United Road says:

    sad news , hope his wife a speedy revovery!
    I reckon it’s the last season for vds ,if so, then will remembered 4ever as a legend EDWIN

  19. jcolas says:

    Hope she recovers well and the lads play their asses off for her tomorrow.

  20. GoodWill says:

    Hope Edwin’s wife makes a full and speedy recovery, from Will Liverpool fan. YNWA.

  21. Snoopy says:

    Best of wishes to the Van der Sar family.

  22. cantona7 says:

    I hope his wife will recover soon, above anything else.

  23. alex says:

    thoughts and prayers with you and your family edwin..greatest keeper in the world imo

  24. ubibi Godwin Jr says:

    Our thoughts are with you,we pray for the speedy recovery of your wife.

  25. lidija says:

    my prayers and thoughts to VDS family, all the best and speedy recovery of our great hero’s wife

  26. five says:

    Boys did him proud out there today

  27. mahat says:

    Hoping your wife will be better soon. You are a humble and good man Edwin, and may God Bless you and your family.


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