Edwin pens United deal

14 December 2006 02:31
Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar has agreed a one-year contract extension that will see the veteran Dutchman remain at Old Trafford until summer 2008. The 36-year-old has been on a rolling one-year deal since arriving at United at the beginning of last season from Fulham. "Our approach with players in their 30s is to give them one-year contracts, that's what we did with Denis Irwin," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "He signed one-year deals before he eventually left when he was 36. There's nothing wrong with that and we've given Edwin another one-year contract. "Edwin's fit, he's lean, he's hungry and he can play for another two years, easy. "He's probably got a new lease of life since coming to United. "He did well at Fulham, having been at Juventus previously. But coming to us has given him an extra spur that a lot of goalkeepers get at that age. "He's done really well for us and he's good in the dressing room, too. "He's not a terribly demonstrative person - he's not like Peter Schmeichel for instance. "But what he says has got an authority about it because he's been there and that experience and personality help."

Source: ESA