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Edwin Van Der Sar


Edwin Van Der Sar

He moved to Manchester United on 1 June 2005 for a reported fee of £2 million, although the exact transfer fee was undisclosed.Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson considered him the best goalkeeper to play for the club since Peter Schmeichel.

On 5 May 2007, his penalty save helped assure a 1–0 triumph over Manchester City in the Manchester derby. The following day, Chelsea's failure to beat Arsenal at the Emirates ensured Manchester United's ninth Premier League trophy and van der Sar's first. He was also named to the 2006–07 PFA Team of the Year. Three months later, he was a catalyst in Manchester United's 16th FA Community Shield victory, as he saved three consecutive penalties in a shootout after Manchester United and Chelsea played to a 1–1 draw at the end of regular time.

On 21 December 2007, van der Sar signed a new one-year deal, keeping him at Manchester United until the 2008–09 season.

The 2007–08 season was a mixed bag for him, he had several great performances despite his niggling groin injury. He would, however, help United secure their second successive Premier League title on the final day and win the Champions League by saving the final penalty, of the penalty shootout stage, from Nicolas Anelka.


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