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Edwin pens United deal

14 Dec 2006 - 14:31:47

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."

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