Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar is set to end his illustrious footballing career at the end of this season.
Van Der Sar has had a glittering career and has been in the business for a massive 20 years. He joined United from Fulham in 2005, having established himself as a reliable keeper for the London side when he made the switch from Juventus to Fulham in 2001. He was inserted straight into the first team and has since been compared to United great Peter Schmeichel.
Van Der Sar has played over 170 matches for the Red Devils and was a key figure in United’s recapture of the Champions League back in 2008 when he saved Nicolas Anelka’s penalty in a sudden death shoot out.
Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele confirmed the rumors that surrounded Edwin’s future when he spoke to BBC Manchester yesterday.
‘Edwin will retire at the end of the season.’
‘It has been a mutual decision between the manager, the team and Edwin.
‘He has been a fantastic servant. I was very lucky. I worked alongside Peter Schmeichel at Villa and I worked with Edwin for two and a half years.
‘That penalty save in Moscow has elevated Edwin alongside Peter.’
The former Ajax man has also been strongly linked with a job in United’s goalkeeping development programme.
Another United legend that may well be on his way out of Old Trafford is Red Devils veteran Paul Scholes.
Scholes has been at Manchester for the entirety of his career but has recently speculated that he may call time on his playing career at the end of the season.
“I don’t know what I’m doing next year. I just want to concentrate on getting back playing for now”. He told the MUFC television station.
‘I like to have a week or two off at Christmas. This one just stretched out a bit longer.’