Edwin revels in Moscow magic
Edwin van der Sar has expressed his pleasure at a career-defining Champions League-winning penalty save.
Last Updated: 28/01/11 5:07pm
Edwin van der Sar has expressed his pleasure that his UEFA Champions League-winning penalty save will be the defining moment of his career.
On Thursday the 40-year-old Manchester United man announced his retirement from the game in the summer, calling time on two sparkling decades in football.
The Dutch goalkeeper will go down in United history as one of their greatest stoppers alongside Peter Schmeichel.
In addition to helping the Red Devils to three Premier League titles, Van der Sar also played a starring role in their 2008 Champions League win, saving a Nicolas Anelka spot-kick to clinch the trophy.
"That save in Moscow is a nice moment to look back on," said the Dutchman.
"It is easier for strikers to be the hero. A goalkeeper might make an excellent save but if a forward scores in the last minute, the headlines are all for him.
"That is fair. They are there to score the goals. But Moscow was a very special moment, which will stay with me for a long time."
Whilst reflecting on his glittering career, Van der Sar expressed his surprise at signing for United after opting to move to Juventus in 1999 when Schmeichel left Old Trafford.
"I didn't imagine this would happen," he admitted.
"When I signed for United I was happy just to have one more big shot at winning a league.
"Luckily we managed to do that a couple of times and we are not finished yet. There is still room for improvement.
"I have been fortunate not to have any long-term injuries. That has prolonged my career so I can be proud of reaching 40 and still be able to play at the highest level at the biggest club in the world.
"But it would be strange if it did not get harder, mentally and physically, which is why now is a good time to bring it towards an end."