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Van der Sar Set To Retire

August 31st 2010, Edwin Van der Sar: “I don’t worry about when that day arrives. I am now exceeding my own expectations so it doesn’t bother me. When I was younger I thought maybe I would finish in my mid-30s. But that is a normal time to be thinking about it when you are younger and for players at this level. That would have been the obvious time to finish, but I only came to United late in my career and maybe that is why I am still enjoying it. Coming to Old Trafford probably gave me a new lease of life.”

October 7th 2010, Eric Steele: “I think Ed has made his mind up and said this is his last year.”

October 8th 2010, Edwin Van der Sar: “That’s complete nonsense. I don’t yet know whether I will stop or continue after this season. Only in the course of this season will I think about it. Then I will decide and not before.”

November 28th 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson: “I have come to accept this will be Edwin’s last season. It’s sad but the difficulty for a goalkeeper when he gets to 40 is something which happened with Peter Shilton. All of a sudden, because of age, Shilton’s form just collapsed and I don’t think Edwin would want that. He is such a proud man and it’s going to be a big loss. We had a chat last season about how he saw his future and he explained to me his plans, and nothing has changed from then. It’s difficult because he has his wife’s health to consider after her ­illness. She is fine now and seems to be really good but she still has treatments to get in Holland, with physiotherapy and things like that. So for him to be here with us would be difficult.”

December 23rd 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson: “We are planning for this being his last season.”

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  1. Costas says:

    *made up with his positioning*

  2. King Eric says:

    Fucking hell. Of course the club have an idea who to replace him with. Do you think they just sit still and take a guess? How do we know Lindergaard may not be a direct replacement? He could well be. I like Neur out of them all.

  3. King Eric says:

    OOOh we are playing Barca in a year. So what? At least some can marvel and wank over them.

  4. King Eric says:

    Yor Yor – Spot on mate. It is unbelievable some comments on here. Of course the club know what they are doing.

  5. fergie is the boss says:

    Red Simmo – I have never been a fan of small keepers, VDS and schmeicheal relyed allot on their size to make some big saves. look at pete his size would make the goal smaller, schmeicheal is my size I am about 6 ft 4 or 5, and all my mates when I was playing footie in small footie compitions I always had to play in goal because I was the biggest.

  6. willierednut says:

    It tough to replace top players, I’ve got full trust in the gaffer and the rest of the staff. This is a big one, to replace VDS will be a challenge, but hey, SAF knows his fucking stuff! Ah fuck it, sign Pepe Reina.

  7. Costas says:

    Don’t know if Lindegaard is the one, but with Kuszczak possibly leaving, we will definitely need another goalie.

  8. King Eric says:

    aig – Where did you get the info that Ronnie aint happy? Cannot find it anywhere. Also couldn’t find the Ronaldinho one. The one I found said he was practically a Gremio player.

  9. Corea says:

    King Eric – the rumour of Ronaldo being unsettled were doing the rounds a week ago and it wasn’t the first time.

  10. fergie is the boss says:

    King Eric – the question is? is ronaldo happy anywhere. He was not happy at united when he was winning titles and winning world player of the year, and now he has had his so called dream move happen last summer he still aint happy. If he met god and was given special powers to do anything he still would not be happy. Like he says only god knows if he is happy and the big man upstairs I doubt will say a word

  11. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Personally I’d feel more at ease if we get someone in who’s established and has experience at the top level. Lindergaard may be the replacement we don’t know as of yet. He could be as good as VDS and Schmeichel or a clown like Carroll or Ricardo. The goalkeeping position you can only fuck around with for so long. Look what happened to us in the past and l’arse now. Would we have won the Champions League without VDS? I don’t think so.

  12. willierednut says:

    FITB – He’s getting his bell end polished every week and he plays for Madrid, god love him.

  13. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Dear Mr van der Saar, Thanks for your exceptional service to this club. You have been an absolutely phenomenal player for us, but your qualities as a man have also been well recognized and praised. You will be remembered long for your superb qualities on and off the pitch. As you move forward in life, we hope you find more time to spend with your lovely wife. We wish you and your family many many years of happiness. We also you remember us fondly, and hope you come to spend many hours here in Manchester to visit with us and the team. We love you deeply for your time here. We will never forget you. Long live Edwin van der Saar. Long live United. Glory glory.

    the lads and lasses at ROM

  14. Nafis says:

    Thank you for everything Edwin!

  15. Shadi says:

    THANKS MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. willierednut says:

    The big Dutch man isn’t done yet, though the 19th title would be a nice way to see him off.

  17. Shadi says:

    I think LLORIS the Olympique Lyonnais goaly is suitable to join us…

  18. bchilds says:

    A real shame, such a top ‘keeper and so reliable. I really hope we don’t go back to the Howard / Barthez / Taibi etc days when I was shitting myself everytime a shot came in thinking it was going in.

    I hope Anders Lindegard is an able replacement.

  19. fergie is the boss says:

    willierednut- yet he is barca’s bitch

  20. willierednut says:

    FITB – lol. He has been mate in all the El classicos.

  21. willierednut says:

    If we want the cheaper option, then the lad from Ajax would be the choice. If we want to push the boat out and spend some money, cough cough, then De Gea is the man I’d go for.

  22. Red Devil Canuck says:

    This will be a big loss – Edwin’s a quality keeper and person.
    It will be interesting to see what we do. I’m not totally convinced by Kuz or Ben Amos (so far) and Lindegaard really hasn’t been tested at the top level yet.

  23. willierednut says:

    I forgot to add, if we want a keeper so ugly, that every striker going through on goal feels physically sick, then Katie Price is the one for United.

  24. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I personally have no problem with Kuszczak for a year or more while we see what is up with Lindegaard. Amos is too small for our number one and that is that. Like the lad but at 6.1 there is no chance.
    If we go abroad there are alot of lesser knowns that could surprise us. Of the names being bandied about, think Alder (Germany) and de Gae (Spain) are out because of history and national team prospects. Bet we could go for Buffon (chance to win something new), Steklenberg (chance to win something period). Dark horses could be Robinson or Thomas Sorenson if we want a tried Prem keeper. Don’t crucify me on the last two, only admiring them both for super work behind very suspect defenses.

  25. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    I would have gone for Robinson just before he joined Spurs should have got him when we bought Smith off leads but not now.

  26. bchilds says:


    Me too pal, me too! I was gutted we missed out on Robinson, I thought he would have been a fantastic ‘keeper for us!

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  28. seven says:

    Transfer window is opening. Just wondering if it’s released to make it easier to tie up a deal now for new keeper to join next summer. If you noticed the way Fergie said it, it’s still open to VdS to continue. He is not saying that VdS told him he doesn’t want to continue next season.

  29. wayne says:

    really don’t know why is playing aswell as ever he’s so cool and calm,never seems to panic or get flustered and his distribution either by feet or throw is superb i still rate him as one of the top goalies in the world.

  30. parryheid says:

    Flash for me,but I also thought Joe Cole would have done a treat.How wrong can you be.

  31. DebDevil says:

    Again it’s about time for the Red Devils to endure similar agony. Peter Schmeichel’s departure, and especially the clowns who replaced him, still hurts. Edwin will go down as one of our best ever shot stopper. We love you Edwin. All the best.


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