I like Edwin Van der Sar. So do Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs.
“Edwin is the best keeper I’ve played with. It’s as simple as that,” said Rio. “The record stuff we’ve won together, the assuredness that he transmits from himself to the back four is great. I also don’t think I’ve seen a better keeper with his feet to be honest either. He’s got an extra year in terms of his contract and I am sure he’s got the capabilities to go and do it again.”
Ryan Giggs has also spoken extremely highly of our goalie.
“Is he as good as Schmeichel? They are both great keepers,” added Giggs. “You can’t really compare them. They are both brilliant, both international keepers, both who have had great characters. Edwin just gives that calming influence right throughout the team with his calmness on the ball when we play back passes to him, and his general goalkeeping is sound really. That calming influence goes right through the team. He is getting better with age. Obviously he has got great players in front of him but, when he is called upon, he never makes a mistake. With the clean sheets, Edwin has done brilliant over the last two or three months.”
The Welshman, who again impressed in the middle of the park at The Hawthorns, refused to compare United’s current No.1 with perhaps the Red Devils’ greatest goalkeeper of all time.