The former goalkeeper of Manchester United, Edwin Van Der Sar, has admitted that his compatriot, Robin Van Persie, had taken his advice before signing for United. Sar said that Persie met him and asked whether it would be a right decision to join United or not. As per Sar, United is, undoubtedly, one of the best clubs in the world. It has got a terrific manager in the form of Sir Alex Ferguson who is one of the greatest managers of all times.

The environment of the United dressing room has always been good over the years. You would have hardly heard about a dispute in the United camp. Sir Alex Ferguson manages everything with great efficiency. It’s a great opportunity for a player if he gets an offer to sign for United. So, he suggested Persie to join United without any doubt.

Sar himself had played for United for 6 years. He had joined the club in June 2005. United was reported to have paid 2 million Pounds to Fulham for buying Sar. Alex Ferguson had rated him very highly and said that he was one of the best goalkeepers who had ever played for the club. Sar’s performance was up to the mark during his 6 years tenure at United and he played a key part in many victories of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.

In May 2011, Sar announced his retirement from football at the age of 40 years. The final of the Champions League 2011 against Barcelona was the last match of his career. He was given the opportunity to captain United in that match. United was defeated in that match by 3-1 and Sar didn’t manage to leave the football arena on a winning note.

The Dutch veteran said that he played for several clubs during his career, but, he enjoyed the most while playing for United. Playing under the guidance of Alex Ferguson was a privilege and he would cherish those moments throughout his life.

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The former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van Der Sar has said that he is hoping that his former club manage to bring in the Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. Manchester United seem to have fought out the competition from Manchester city and Juventus in the race to secure the signature of the 29-year-old Dutchman from Arsenal. The former Feyenoord striker has already revealed that he will be leaving the club at the end of this season, as he will not be renewing his contract that comes to an end in the summer. As a result, Arsenal have decided to cash in on the player.

The Premier league club have put a £ 30 million valuation on the player, who scored more than 40 goals in all competitions for club and country last season. Manchester United have been unable to complete a number of transfers in the summer due to the inability to match the other clubs in terms of funding. However, the manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks to have convinced the owners that the arrival of Robin van Persie is crucial to the success of the team in the short term. As a result, he has already beaten the likes of Manchester city to his signature, but a fee with Arsenal is yet to be agreed.

Edwin van Der Sar has said that he is also hoping that the 29-year-old comes to Old Trafford. He has already said that he cannot wait for the new season to begin, in which van Persie and Wayne Rooney are likely to play in the same team. “I am getting a lot of questions about RvP and hope just the same as all you guys that he is coming to Old Trafford!!,” said the former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van Der Sar on his Twitter account.


Former Manchester United and Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he is extremely shocked after the disappointing performance by the Dutch national team at the Euro 2012. Despite having gone into the tournament as one of the firm favourites to lift the title following the final finish in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Dutch national team lost all the three matches in the group stages to finish bottom of the group. Edwin van Der Sar, who has now retired from football, has said that he is extremely shocked by the performance of the team.

After the first half against Portugal in the final group game, it looked like Netherlands were going to take advantage of their lifeline by qualifying for the quarter-finals in the final stage. Rafael van der Vaart had given the Dutch the lead in the match, but two goals from the Portuguese in the second half meant that they not only go out of the competition, but also go out after having lost all the three matches. One of the top favourites to get the Golden Boot award – Robin van Persie, did not manage to find the sparkling form that he has experienced with Arsenal.

“I`m in shock. We had it coming. It was seen in the build up to the tournament. We were missing one or two players, some just returning from injury. Then during the tournament, different parts of the team didn`t function together. I think it`s over for Mark van Bommel in the national team. There will be one or two changes in this team. It`s a disappointing result for us after what has been achieved in the past few years,” Edwin Van der Sar told RCTI after the elimination of the Dutch from the Euro 2012.


Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van Der Sar has said that David de Gea has no option but to play himself into the Manchester United first team. The former Athletico Madrid goalkeeper arrived in an £18 million deal from Spain, but has struggled a lot in order to become the first choice goalkeeper who will be considered as a worthy replacement for the Dutchman.

Edwin van Der Sar announced his retirement following the end of last season. Lindegaard managed to get into the first-team on a regular basis due to the poor form shown by de Gea, but Lindegaard’s injury in the second half of the season has given de Gea a regular run out.

The regular first-team appearances seems to have instilled a lot of confidence in the player. As a result, it has been a good into the season for the Spaniard. Still, Edwin van Der Sar believes that he has to go for long way before convincing Sir Alex Ferguson that he is the right man for the job. In order to do so, Edwin van Der Sar believes that de Gea has no option but to play regularly in the big matches. The 21-year-old goalkeeper was once again at fault in the Manchester derby.

“Maybe it was hard to follow in my footsteps. It can happen. People got compared to Peter Schmeichel, now maybe it’s me. De Gea has to ignore that and just play his own game. Eric Steele, the goalkeeping coach, and the manager will both help him and hopefully next season he will be ready from the start. He did get criticism last season but I made mistakes at Ajax when I was young, and also at Juventus and United,” said Van der Sar when speaking about the troubles faced by de Gea.


Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has said that former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is his inspiration for performing exceptionally this season. Edwin van der Sar retired at the age of 40 after playing a number of years for clubs like Juventus and Manchester United. Manchester United replaced him with the £ 18 million signing of David De Gea.

However, he has been not as consistent as the Dutchman, who won almost every major trophy with Manchester United during his time at Old Trafford. Now, Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has come out in flying colours this season, emulating the performances of other goalkeepers like Cech and Joe Hart.

He has been one of the key members of the Newcastle United squad, which has performed admirably this season. Despite suffering three defeats in their last four matches, Newcastle United have been able to maintain a top six position in the Premier League. Tim Krul’s contributions towards this has been enormous, but the Dutch international says that Edwin van Der Sar has always been his inspiration. Tim Krul is thought to be one of the leading contenders for the position of being the first choice goalkeeper for Netherlands in the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. He says that Edwin van Der Sar has always helped him to become a better goalkeeper.

“He took me to one side and talked to me for 20 minutes. He told me to go out on loan, do things wrong, make mistakes and learn from all of them. If I need anything he is always there on the phone, he helps and he advises me. He has been a big influence. It’s been great to have that support and help,” said Krul. Tim Krul has been one of the sensations of the Premier League at just 23 years of age.


Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has reportedly been granted compassionate leave as his wife is said to be seriously ill, according to The Daily Mail.

It is believed that 36-year-old Annmarie collapsed at home as the shot-stopper and the rest of his family were preparing to celebrate Christmas. The Dutchman had previously been given permission to his home country during the festive period and receive treatment for a knee injury from a Netherlands team doctor.

The ageing ‘keeper is not set to return until more is known regarding the condition of his spouse, while the player’s agent is said to have described the affair as a “private business”.

Van der Sar has not made an appearance for United since the 3-0 win over Everton on November 21, owing to a knee injury.


Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is to travel to Holland for a fresh assessment of his knee injury. The Dutch international has not played since he collided with Tim Cahill in a match against Everton on 21 November.

“Edwin is going back to Holland,” said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “It is a change of scenery and the Holland team doctor will have a look at the injury.”

It was initially thought that the injury would only keep the 39-year-old out of action for a couple of games. But there is no immediate prospect of a return for the veteran keeper and Ferguson is keen to explore all options.

“Edwin has never had an injury like this in his life before so we think it is a good idea for him and expect him back in a couple of days,” added the United boss.


Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has admitted he is hoping to force his way back into the champions’ starting line up as the Red Devils face two important cup ties in the space of four days.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men take on Leeds United in the FA Cup this afternoon before a League Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday and Foster is keeping his fingers crossed for a rare chance to impress.

With first choice gloveman Edwin van der Sar currently on compassionate leave, Tomasz Kuszczak has been preferred in goal but Foster is hopeful of seeing some playing time and spoke about the importance of both games to the club.

“It is always a big game against Leeds [United]. The rivalry between the two clubs goes back a long way,” he told the News of the World. “I am hoping to be involved in this month’s cup tie and I’m really looking forward to experiencing what this game is like to be involved in. Some people may think the competition has been devalued in recent years, but in my eyes the FA Cup is a very special trophy.


DUTCH veteran Edwin van der Sar is poised to give the green light to another 12 months at Old Trafford – if offered a new deal. The Manchester United keeper, 39, is under contract until the end of the season after signing an extension last year.

It was widely expected the current campaign would be his last as he made way for Tomasz Kuszczak or Ben Foster. United have also been linked with a move for Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer.

Yet Van der Sar has told pals that he feels he would still be able to compete for the first-team slot at United and is seriously considering staying for another season. united manager Alex Ferguson has insisted he will give the Dutchman as long as possible to make up his mind after last term’s heroics.

UEFA voted Van der Sar Europe’s top keeper in 2009 as he helped United to the Premier League title and another Champions League final. he also went a world-record 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal.


Tomasz Kuszczak says he plans to hold onto the Manchester United No.1 shirt after enduring a long spell in the wilderness at the club. Kuszczak started the season third in the pecking order at Old Trafford, behind veteran Edwin van der Sar and England prospect Ben Foster.

An injury to first-choice van der Sar gave Foster the chance to make the position his own – only for a series of high-profile errors to ensure the 26-year-old made a return to the subs bench. The poor run of form has given Kuszczak a prolonged run in the side having started in United’s last six outings.

He kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Wolves and said he is delighted to have been given a chance by Sir Alex Ferguson to prove his worth. Kuszczak said: “It is great to get a run in the team. Playing for Manchester United is fantastic. Even when I have had the hard times, and I did not play, that was always my ambition.