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Van der Sar Will Be Back For Bolton

Edwin Van der Sar was substituted with half an hour played against Chelsea today, following a tough challenge with Florent Malouda.

Whilst Andy Gray was hoping for a penalty, it was clear our keeper got something on the ball. He tried to stay on the pitch, but it was only minutes later that he made way for Tomasz Kuszczak.

With Ben Foster picking up an injury whilst playing for the Reserves in the week, an awkward fall on his ankle likely leaving him out of action for two months, United would have been short of goalkeeping options.

However, at the final whistle, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Van der Sar should be back for next weekend’s game.

“He got some studs in the kneecap and there was a bit of swelling there,” Ferguson said after the match. “Hopefully he’ll be okay for next week.”


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16 Comments

  1. THIS_IS_MANCHESTER says:

    hmm i do wonder if foster was fit would we still be using VDS? today he flapped 2 times, kusz did alright but really VDS’s performances this season have been worrying

  2. woolie says:

    VDS is really starting to worry me now, he normally makes the odd mistake but hes made a few more than usual recently. The Carling cup game would of been perfect for foster and could of given him his opportunity to stake his claim for the position, i’m really gutted for him.

  3. Tevratov says:

    He’s worrying me too, but i’m sure he’ll pick up form.

  4. Tom F says:

    He did indeed flap, though I wonder if Chelsea would have scored that goal had he been on the pitch. He may have flapped it away from Kalou’s head.

  5. Tony Bee says:

    Spend big on a world class keeper in the summer, anyone got any ideas who would fit the bill?

  6. Gooner says:

    Its called Lehmannitis.

  7. Chris says:

    I think VDS was atrocious today even before the injury, his confidence just seems to have gone. His injury saved us – he would have conceded more than one goal the way he was playing.

  8. suhayl says:

    He’s been our bets keeper since the great dane. However in the last 2 seasons he has becoe more and more suspect.

    For me a keeper isnt great is he makes finger tip saves and looks good diving about. But a keeper that does the basics right…HANDLING, POSITIONING, CATCHING, THROWING, KICKING, COMMANDING THE BOX ETC ETC.

    And im sorry he just doesnt do that anymore. A keepers job is to come out and take al and sundry…catch thorugh bodies or punch through bodies. If that means getting hurt, bruised and bloody. ten so be it, sometimes you have to clear out players even your own to get ball away.

    Personally he has gone soft in his old age…not wanting to get hurt or ruin his face or hair. Hence flaps v dippers for 2 seasons, flaps v barcodes and rboys…poor kicks ( carrick ).

    More and more he’s becoming a liability. And the defence is getting more and more worried and shaky because off it. Look at rio always bawling at VDS more and more each game….cos he instills no confidence in the back 4.

    Yesterday was another error stricken day…and then he used the injury as an excuse. C’mon EDwin….i know you’re nearly 40….but you were one of the best keepers ever. Give us 1 more season…then you can take up a coaching role and we can get foster in ( if he ever stays fit ). Or buy another keeper. Cos kushy is much the same as VDS

  9. Mido says:

    I hope he will be in full fitness. I was looking to see Ben Foster playing some games with the first team but he was unlucky to pick an injury during reserve team game against Blackburn… good luck for United against Middlesbrough.

  10. jsos says:

    suhayl – man you sure have alot riding on VDS eh? seems our entire problem this season is down to him according to you. you think he’s been shaky for 2 seasons? his performance in the champions league final was certainly shit – open your eyes mate. the whole team has had a shaky start to this season.. certainly not down to VDS by any means. and as for foster being our saving grace – i wouldn’t hold my breathe for the saha of the goal.

    edwin has and is a key player for us.. and while i give props to the kuz for his overall performance yesterday, the defense looks shaky when he steps in goal. whether edwin would have saved that kalou shot, i cant say of course, but i can say edwin is a key player for us who contributes a lot more than you’re willing to admit

  11. suhayl says:

    jsos…what are you on?????

    No ones saying other players have played well. Cos most havent. Rooney looks a shadow of his former self….berbs looks a bit in beach land at the moment and needs to get games and start contributing…same with some other players. Who’s saying others are performing..alot arent. But that will come with time and every performance is improving. Alot rides on ALL the players.

    BUT THE LAST TIME I LOOKED..AND IF YOU SCROLL UP YOU’LL FIND THIS PARTICULAR ARTICLE FROM SCOTT WAS..YES WAS ON VDS. HENCE I COMMENTED ON HIM AND HIS FACTS. IF IT WERE OTHER PLAYERS OR GENERALLY THE TEAM I WOULD HAVE COMMENTED ON THOSE PARTICULAR PLAYERS. Blame isnt solely at vds door..it lays everywhere…BUT this was VDS article..ok lad???????????????

    And secondly im stating some facts pal. VDS has made many a blunder past few seasons. He’s made some good saves..but along with that he’s become prone to too many mistakes.

    3 xFlaps v dippers last year?
    2 x Flaps v dippers this year?
    Flimsy punches v newc this year?
    Near post not commanding enough v zenit…soft goal
    2 more flaps v pompey..luckily defence covered
    2 flaps yesterday??

    Face it pal…even though i love him and IF YOU CARE TO READ my comments you’ll find that i did say ” he was and is our best keeper since the great dane’ ‘ one of the best keepers ever’ ‘give us 1 more season’ etc etc etc. As i think he was once the best. THE FACTS are age maybe father time has got to him..errors are occurring frequently.

    Hence why are vids evra and rio bawling at him more and more each game???????? rio esp telling him to think…telling him off…telling him to sort it??? WHY??? cos there is nothing worse for a back 4 than a shoddy behaving goalkeeper. It instills no confidence and defence dont know if the keepers going to flap or parry a shot..hence be ready to save his bacon.

    Face facts lad….even vds said it.

    ” i have decided to retire from national team as my form will suffer from manchester if i carry on and at this age i cannot to both justice”

    I LOVE HIM..I WISH HE REGAINS HIS COMPOSURE AND STAYS AS OUR NUMBER 1 AND THEN TAKE UP A COACHING ROLE AT OUR CLUB. But you’d be blind not to admit hes playing absolute shite at mo.

    AND REMEMBER THIS ARTICLE WAS ON HIM YES VDS…NOT ON THE REST OF THE TEAM. HENCE I GAVE MY HONEST OPINION ON VDS. WHICH I FEEL IS TRUE.

    PS. he made 2 flaps in the UCL final ( rio header..which scholes had to clear and 1 at a corner ). And great save and yes we won cup etc etc etc. but that doesnt buy you a free ticket to this season. 1 or 2 mistakes..granted that happens. but 1 0r 2 every game….that means points dropped….ask SAF when he tore into him for the brown own goal.

    bye bye

  12. suhayl says:

    And you open your eyes..his performance in the final wasnt great..bar the save. Was ok at best

    Seriously you do get some people who dont know what they’re talking about.

    I go to watch utd ever home game and most away games…and past 2 seasons the mistakes have been creeping in. Just this season they ve become more frequent…ok???

    And as is aid earlier hope he does regain full form and gives us 1 great last season. COS even though i state some true facts which may hurt. I love every player that wears that badge of ours….manchester united till we die!!

  13. john says:

    woow suhayl, u have a lot of time on your hands! get a job or sumat!

  14. suhayl says:

    john ‘get a job”???

    shut up you muppet…i have a job thankyou very much…infact on the job now as i write this to you. See

    1. I make time for my manchester utd.always have done and always will.
    2. Man utd comes naturally to me and has done for 30 years..hence it just pours off my tongue and brain..naturally without effort.
    3. And because it comes naturally it doesnt take me long to reply to muppet comments like yours.

    Infact my earlier post and this took a combined 5 minutes..comprende???
    5/10 minutes and the boss doesnt mind. Oh forgot to tell you..my brother owns the company..so EVEN if it took longer for my BELOVED utd…then there is NO problem.

    Now you p off..clown

    And if you havent got anything constructive to say about yes MANCHESTER UTD….or dont know anything about the club…then dont bloody come here..talking crap

  15. suhayl says:

    and lastly..your comments are a BIG fingers up to die hards that visit this blog to read, comment and analyse OUR club. Many a diehard posters and scott himself who spend hours devoted to writing about our great club.

    So your ‘ get a job ‘ dimwit comment….is a BIG diss and disrespect to all the other guys who spend thier time…whether free time, spare time, or crammed in time on here.

    so thankyou for that..:-)

    And unlike your silly innane..couldnt be asked..aint got the time for my club comment. Some people love thoer club and will sacrifice some time for their club.

    ta ra..ta ra

  16. tevo32ez says:

    Spot on suhayl pal….exactly right and bob on.

    Your passion is un quenching for the greatest club in the world

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