Edwin van der Sar says cleansheets record will strike fear into opponents

09 February 2009 10:40
The proof will come at around 9.19pm; if the United goalkeeper has kept a clean sheet by the 64th minute he will surpass the world record for clean sheets in league football.

And Van der Sar believes the record is striking fear into opponents. "When we go 1-0 up, other teams think 'oh no, here we go, it's going to be hard.' That's what we want, we want to create fear in the opposition, which is what we are doing right now.

"The record means something because we won 1-0 and the end result was important. It's a great achievement for the whole team because it's a long time."

The Dutchman is keen to praise the men in front, adding: "Everybody is defending, working hard and trying to score goals at the same time. It was a vital three points, especially after Liverpool's win at the weekend. It was a good response from us and we did things the way we needed to."

In front of every good goalkeeper is a good defence. Nemanja Vidic has featured in all but one of United's League games and believes the record is a team effort.

"We look very compact, not just the defence but the whole team," said the Serbian. "If you look at the game [at West Ham] after 80 minutes, Giggs, Berbatov and Tevez are all racing back to our 18-yard line to defend. This is a team which plays as a unit and I think that's why we don't concede many goals."

Source: Telegraph