Sir Alex Ferguson hails goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar

28 January 2009 11:28
Van der Sar surpassed Petr Cech's record of 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal for Chelsea during the 2004-2005 campaign. [LNB]And United also set a new record of 11 successive clean sheets, overtaking the tally set by Chelsea during the same season four years ago. [LNB]Ferguson said: "The defensive record is a fantastic performance and it is down to the experience we have gathered together in the back four. [LNB]"Even though we've had to make changes in the last few weeks because of injuries, they have all applied themselves very well. [LNB]"Edwin Van der Sar, who has achieved everything in the game, is as delighted as when he saved that penalty kick in Moscow during the Champions League final. [LNB]"He was over the moon in the dressing room and that tells you his desire. He has still got that ambitious streak and wants to win all the time." [LNB]Ferguson was also pleased that his star studded attack also delivered goal-power with Cristiano Ronaldo (2), Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez amongst the scorers as they moved three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table. [LNB]He said: "The form has come good at a good time. March and April are the crucial months but it is good to get our show on the road. [LNB]"We saw a ruthless streak that has maybe not been there this season. We hoped it was going to come. We expected it to come become of the standard of forwards we have. [LNB]"Tonight was the first indication that it was there. For the first 10 minutes West Brom did very well and gave us a bit of defending to do and we were quite resolute at that stage of the game. [LNB]"But once we got the ball in their half of the field, we always looked dangerous." [LNB]Ferguson felt Albion defender Paul Robinson was guilty of a reckless challenge on United midfielder Ji-sung Park which resulted in an instant red card from referee Rob Styles. [LNB]He said: "I thought it was a reckless challenge from where I was sitting but they tell me from the camera the other side it didn't look as reckless. [LNB]"It was a careless challenge when he didn't need to do it. Ji-Sung is on the ground and the boy has come in late, sliding into him and it is careless and reckless a bit." [LNB]West Brom manager Tony Mowbray initially refused to discuss the red card but conceded a review of the incident today will decide whether to lodge an appeal. [LNB]He said: "That will probably be a club decision really. I am pretty sure our hierarchy will have a look at it and decide what they want to do. [LNB]"For me, I will abide by that. It depends what angle you look at it. I don't know what the club will do. They will probably make a decision today (Wednesday). [LNB]"It is all about opinion and the referee made the decision tonight. If his angle meant he thought it was a red card, he'll give it. [LNB]"If the TV angle show that Robbo didn't leave the ground or show his studs, that it was an honest collision between two players going for the ball, then I am sure there will be a case to appeal it. [LNB]"Until we look at it in the cold light of day, we won't know if we are going to make that decision."[LNB]

Source: Telegraph