Van der Sar to retire

2011-01-27 13:05

Manchester - Manchester United's veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will retire at the end of the current season, his management agency confirmed on their website on Thursday.

The 40-year-old former Netherlands international joined United from Fulham in 2005 and has made 245 appearances for the Old Trafford club, winning three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League crown. Van der Sar's wife fell seriously ill in December 2009.

"It is now time to pay attention to my family," he said on the website of his management company (

"I cannot really identify a time when it (the decision) happened.

"Let's just say that it was playing on my mind from the moment Annemarie had her stroke.

"She has fought back from it. We decided on another year in England and thus to stay at Manchester United.

"But, once engaged in the season, the thought of saying goodbye started to gnaw a bit more emphatically."

Van der Sar, who played a record 130 times for his country, began his career at Ajax Amsterdam before moving to Juventus and on to Fulham in 2001

He set an English league record in 2009 for time without conceding a goal when he went more than 21 hours unbeaten.

United are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and Van der Sar has played in 21 of their 23 league games this season. "It is a difficult process" he said. "After a defeat, I thought differently than after playing a few good games in a row.

"My age played no role,I am 40 years old, but I still feel fit.

"And then the decision came suddenly. Do not ask me how or why, but suddenly you know. That was sufficient."


  • Staaldraad - 2011-01-27 13:29

    I hope Sir Alex and the Man U brains trust have the good sense to acquire the current Dutch international keeper. To me he was close to the best on show at the 2010 SWC

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-01-31 19:50

      I certainly hope not, that would take him away from Ajax Amsterdam and frankly we are getting tired of having our best players bought for prices that our club cannot match. Suarez left for Liverpool and now our goalie? Hell no.

  • nakelik - 2011-01-27 14:09

    Sir Alex, get that man a bells!

  • Gunner Nash - 2011-01-27 14:16

    Truly one of the greatest keepers of all time. Well done Van der Sar, and goodluck with the future. RESPECT...

  • Albo - 2011-01-27 15:28

    Nice one Edwin!!!!! The way he has been playing you would never think he`s 40. What a legend. A great replacement would be the young Kasper Schmeichel (Peter Junior). He still needs a bit of guidence but in the matches I`ve seen, he has shown those momets of individual brilliance.

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