Van der Sar keen to end on a high

27 January 2011 08:30

Edwin van der Sar will look back on his trophy-laden years at Manchester United with fondness - but wants to add at least one more piece of silverware to his haul.

The veteran former Holland goalkeeper will retire aged 40 at the end of this season to spend more time with his family, he confirmed earlier on Thursday.

"It's not finished, there are still three months to go so we are still aiming for something more. Which (trophy) doesn't really matter, that's the thing you aim for and I hope that materialises in the end," Van der Sar told MUTV.

"There are a couple of things to consider - whether you still have an appetite for it, your family. You also have to look at yourself and ask if you can bring that top level of performance that you need at United.

"I'm happy with my form and the things I achieved on the pitch but you can't be like a superman into your 40s."

His five-and-a-half years at Old Trafford have brought 245 appearances to date, three successive Barclays Premier League titles from 2007 to 2009 and Champions League success in 2008, when he decisively saved from Nicolas Anelka in a penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in Moscow.

He discussed the issue with manager Sir Alex Ferguson before making his decision, and continued: "It's been coming for a while, it's been a mutual decision and an agreement this was the last (season). I've always treated it like my last year because you never know what is coming.

"When I initially came here I was just happy to sign a two-year contract and try to win a league before I retired. Luckily I was able to achieve a little bit more than that and also prolong it for a little bit longer than two years.

"It would have been nice to have a few years longer here but that's life - you don't always get what you want at the right time. I am just happy that at least we got to come together and experience a good few years.

"It's been nice, it's been a great experience - even at my age - to be at a club as big as United. It's just been a joy."

Source: PA