Van der Sar prefers trophies
Edwin Van der Sar insists that he is more interested in winning trophies than setting records.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 22/02/09 2:57pm
Manchester United's record-breaking goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar insists that he is more interested in winning trophies than setting records.
The 38-year-old has gone 14 League games without conceding a goal -smashing Premier League, Football League and British league records in the process.
The Dutchman was given a well earned rest for the visit of Blackburn on Saturday and Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz duly notched the first goal the Red Devils had conceded since their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in November.
But the former Juventus and Fulham stopper indicates that although he was aware of each record he was breaking along the way he is only focused on adding to his already bulging trophy cabinet.
"I'm proud, of course, but what you start the season for is winning prizes and that's probably not going to be decided until the last two games or so," he told the Independent on Sunday.
"It's getting a lot of attention but I've never been someone who wanted to be the centre of attention.
"Sometimes you read a story or the programme notes saying it's going to be 63 minutes (for a record), then in the second half you have a quick look up (at the scoreboard) to see how many minutes are gone.
"But I don't really like it. The main thing is winning the games."
If United are to better last season's trophy haul and capture an unprecedented quintuple they will have to overcome Inter Milan who they face at the San Siro on Tuesday in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League last 16 clash.
"I think Inter is one of the hardest teams to play against at this stage," he added.
"If we want to repeat what we did last year we have to beat strong teams. It will be interesting also with (Jose) Mourinho's history in England, he probably knows a lot of things about our team and we have to make sure we're up to the challenge.
"Hopefully Inter doesn't give us so many surprises, although you know Mourinho, he can always pull one out of the hat in the way he wants to play.
"They've got experienced players who know how the game works. It's only the last 16 and there's a long way to go but obviously we want to repeat or even better what we did last year."
Van der Sar was recently rewarded for his recent performances with a one-year contract extension and he now feels he will finish his career at Old Trafford.
"It's going well and I'm enjoying it, so I decided in December to do another year, then make a decision," he explained.
"I always said I wanted to finish my career back at Ajax but I didn't think I was going to play for so long at such a high level, so that's not going to happen now.
"And it's quite a step down to go to a smaller club in England when you've played with such good players, so I don't think I'd do that.
"It's getting closer and closer to retirement time."