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by hydemainecoms (U14131321) 27 January 2011
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Hello Reds a Blue here.

As Edwin V.D.S. announces that he is to retire at the end of this season, I just wanted to say what a fantastic keeper he was/is
I guess he was the nearest to P.S. in skilll, he could maybe have joined you earlier than he did but he has still given you some great seasons.
Your thoughts on him Reds ?

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Nobody anywhere ever will replicate what Schmikes was and did, in the manner he did it. But VDS was as good a goalkeeper.

Flip, is that even Unglish?

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Although vastly over-rated and an average goalkeeper, Van der Saar is a true gent. I take my hat off to him.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

PS was much more than just a goalkeeper, he was a leader and commanded his line!
VDS doesn't, so for me, PS was the better keeper.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

great guy on and off the field... a role model for youngsters... only regret i have is that utd did not get him a lot sooner...

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posted Jan 27, 2011

The lasting image of a great career will be the save from Anelka in Moscow. He brought so much to every team he played for. Equal in many ways to the Great Dane, but a far superior distribution level in my eyes makes him a better goalkeeper.

Hes going to be harder to replace than big Pete was

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Liverpool fan here...

I would just like to say that Van der Sar is one of the greatest goalkeepers I have ever seen.
His huge height was a great asset and some of his shot stopping was superb.

Even though he plays for the team that I hate the most, I fully respect him as a player.

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posted Jan 27, 2011

why? renia has one the goldern glove award more often than any other keeper we never needed vds, although he is a great keeper...

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posted Jan 27, 2011

Excellent Goalkeeper, He has won alot of trophys over the years, It took us a while to find a great goalkeeper after PS. The only good thing is there is alot of good young keepers around europe at the moment, I would like to see Rene Alder Bought as his replacement, It would be great if Van Der Sar could go out this season with an unbeaten run in the league

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posted Feb 1, 2011

Past, Present, Future

Comment, Edwin Van Der Sar to Retire From Football at the End of The Season, 27.01.11

The United goalkeeper today tendered his retirement from football at the end of the season. Although the news was expected every United fan was hoping that the Dutch stopper would extend his stay for just one more season. Since his arrival, in 2005, he has played a vital role in the team, finally filling the void left by the great Peter Schmeichel, and helped us win 9 trophies. In his time with United he has won three Premier League titles, three Community Shields, the Champions League, the League Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup trophy.



The keeper moved from Fulham, to United, for a bargain fee of Ł2 million. He has pulled on the United jersey 174 times and demonstrated consistency with his world-class performances throughout. His presence helped the defence set a Premiership record of 14 consecutive clean sheets in 2009 and it was these foundations which allowed Ronaldo & Co to run riot. The highlight of his United career however must be the penalty save in Moscow, from Nicolas Anelka, which sealed the Champions League trophy.

The keeper cited family reasons as this basis for his retirement, following the illness of his wife. He reiterated that physically he is still up for the task and this is consistent with what the stats show. This season he has played in the Premier League 21 times, making 45 saves and keeping 10 clean sheets in the process. It is not just his shot stopping abilities that have been so vital but his work with the ball and his ability to deal efficiently with crosses, due to his 6ft 6 frame, that have made him a fans favourite. This season he has averaged 52 touches of the ball each game, 4 more than Dimitar Berbatov, and has been successful in distributing the ball with a success of 78%. His ability with the ball has been particular evident over the past week with long balls to Rooney, v Wolves, and Giggs, v Blackpool, leading directly to goals in the opposition half. His success rate of over 90%, compared to Kuszczak’s 60%, in dealing with crosses also highlights the ability he has to instill confidence in the back four with his performances. It is all this, coupled with his experience, which makes Edwin so much more than a great shot stopper.



Now that Ferguson has confirmation of his imminent departure it his responsibility to decide on who will claim the #1 Jersey next season. In house, there is Tomasz Kuszczak, the Polish International, and Anders Lindegaard, the new arrival who has displaced Thomas Sorenson in the Denmark team (and to a lesser extent, Ben Amos, who is performing valiantly at Oldham Athletic currently). There has been much debate as to whether or not Ferguson needs to dip into the transfer market though in order to truly replace Edwin. It is clear that the young keeper, Amos, from Macclesfield, is not ready to take his place in the first team regardless of the praise lavished upon him recently by Ferguson. Similarly, the new arrival from Aalesund has only featured in a few reserve fixtures and has been unable to showcase his talents to the wider public. A lot of United fans suggested the Dane was bought in to provide cover for the #1 next season because they believed he would be happy to sit on the bench, while provided adequate cover when needed. This theory concurs with the views of Peter Schmeichel who aired his criticisms of the new keeper publicly. Therefore, the Polish stopper seems the only realistic option for the jersey......

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