After signing another year long contract extension which will see him playing Premiership football in his 40s, Edwin Van der Sar has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson and explained why he is staying on.

“There is not another bloke in the world like Sir Alex,” said Van der Sar. “I really think he is a unique coach, unparalleled. The way he has us playing is everything I think football should be be: utter concentration, reaching peak moments at the right stages. I only have to think about the AC Milan game. What a joy it was. I have to be honest, if I only had Bolton away to look forward to, I wouldn’t carry on playing in England.”