Van der Sar wants happy ending
Edwin van der Sar has his sights firmly set on securing more silverware with Man United before he retires.
Last Updated: 27/01/11 10:45pm
Edwin van der Sar has his sights firmly set on securing more silverware with Manchester United before he retires at the end of the season.
The veteran former Holland goalkeeper will hang up his gloves aged 40 at the end of the campaign to spend more time with his family, he confirmed on Thursday.
Van der Sar had been contemplating calling time on his career since his wife, Annemarie, collapsed with a brain haemorrhage in December 2009.
The Dutchman has spent five-and-a-half trophy-laden years at Old Trafford, helping them to three successive Premier League titles between 2007 and 2009 and UEFA Champions League glory in 2008, when he decisively saved from Nicolas Anelka in a penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in Moscow.
And with United currently top of the Premier League and unbeaten this season, Van der Sar is determined to go out with a bang.
"It's not finished, there are still three months to go so we are still aiming for something more," he said.
"Which (trophy) doesn't really matter, that's the thing you aim for and I hope that materialises in the end."
Van der Sar, who has made 245 appearances for the Red Devils to date, says he has relished his time at the Premier League giants.
"When I initially came here I was just happy to sign a two-year contract and try to win a league before I retired," he added.
"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."