Within the Dutchman's sights had been the 1,275-minute mark set by Atletico Madrid 'keeper Abel Resino.
However, Resino is only second on the European all-time list. First is Verlinden for Club Brugge, between March and Sept 1990, who managed to remain unbeaten for 1,390 minutes.
Van der Sar is 178 minutes - or two league matches - behind Verlinden, and United's next two Premier League fixtures are against Fulham and Blackburn.
And the 38-year-old still has a considerable way to go if he is to beat the world record for league games. He must go another seven matches without conceding a goal if he is to surpass that landmark, held by Brazilian Mazaropi.
Mazaropi, who is now coach of Santo Angelo, went an incredible 1,816 minutes unbeaten between May 1977 and Sept 1978 for Vasco da Gama.
Van der Sar is currently unbeaten on 1,212 minutes - ever since Samir Nasri put one past him for Arsenal during United's 2-1 loss at the Emirates on Nov 8 - 604 mins behind Mazaropi.
Van der Sar will have to extend his unbeaten run into a 20th league match if he is to break the world record.
Other records that the United 'keeper has already broken are the Football League record (1,103 mins), the Premier League record (1,025 mins) and the British league record (1,155 mins).
Chris Woods still holds the British record for going unbeaten in all competitions - 1,196 while at Rangers in 1986-87.
Van der Sar is still some way off that feat, as Japanese side Gamba Osaka put three past him during the Club World Cup in December.
Europe Name Club Nation Date From Date To Mins. 1 Dany Verlinden Club Brügge Belgium 03.03.1990 26.09.1990 1390 2 Abel Resino Gómez Atlético Madrid Spain 25.11.1990 17.03.1991 1275 3 Marios Praxitelous Omonia Nicosia Cyprus 25.10.1981 13.02.1982 1221 4 Edwin Van der Sar Manchester United England 08.11.2008 Current 1212
WorldNameClubNationDate FromDate ToMins.1Matos Filho MazarópiVasco da GamaBrazil18.05.197707.09.197818162Thabet El-BatalAl Ahly KairoEgypt07.04.197529.12.197614863Dany VerlindenClub BrüggeBelgium03.03.199026.09.199013904José María BuljubasichUniversida CatólicaArgentina26.06.200530.10.200513525Thabet El-BatalAl Ahly KairoEgypt03.03.197816.02.197913256Essam El-HadariAl Ahly KairoEgypt28.02.200621.08.200612887Abel Resino GómezAtlético MadridSpain25.11.199017.03.199112758Armelino Donizete QuaglianoSE Palmeiras São PauloBrazil05.04.198724.05.198712429Marios PraxitelousOmonia NicosiaCyprus25.10.198113.02.1982122110Edwin Van der SarManchester UnitedEngland08.11.2008Current1212