Van der Sar's exit sign

07 October 2010 07:49
Edwin Van der Sar is ready to retire at the end of the season. But the United keeper has set his sights on winning the FA Cup before he quits Old Trafford. The Dutch ace turns 40 this month and, although the Reds are likely to offer him another 12-month deal, he has indicated this will be his last campaign with United. I think Ed has made his mind up and said this is his last year, said Reds goalkeeping coach Eric Steele. He is a good pro and a sensible and highly intelligent guy who will know when the time is right. I don't think he will need myself or the manager to tell him that time has come. He will know. Having won the Champions League, three Premier League titles, the Carling Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup since joining United from Fulham in 2005, the only domestic medal missing is the FA Cup. And, despite the famous old trophy being third on the Reds' priority list this season, Steele says a Wembley triumph on May 14 is Van der Sar's dream. He hasn't won it and that is a big target for him, said Steele. He has won most things in the game, there is not much left he hasn't. When we rotate our goalkeepers I think you will see Mr Van der Sar knocking on the door and asking the boss to play in the FA Cup. Steele, whose job it is to find a replacement for Van der Sar, would be keen to see the Reds No.1 prolong his career for another season. I think we need him because this team is in transition at the moment, he said. If he gets to Christmas and he thinks it is right to go on and the manager thinks it is right we will make a decision. It is down to how he feels and performs. If he doesn't perform the manager will make the decision. Edwin will as well. What do you think? Have your say.

Source: Manchester_EveningNews