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Finding Van Der Sar's Successor Postponed Again

Edwin van der Sar looks set to sign a new contract at Manchester United, according to media sources. Which means that Sir Alex Ferguson has postponed the unenviable task of finding his successor for yet another season.

Because let's face it, once the great Dutchman retires, we will have to buy to replace him. Tomasz Kuszczak is an excellent number two while Ben Foster simply failed and there's little hope of another window of opportunity for the Englishman. It's been proven plenty of times this season that without a commanding, confident goalkeeper defending becomes very, very difficult indeed.

Ferdinand and Vidic, on the rare occasions they played together (four times in the league) were below their best as they sorely missed the influence of Van der Sar who is simply invaluable because of his presence and the way he radiates confidence. Our current run of form is partly down to his return, to the stability that he ensures at the back.

But once he's gone we've got to get that from somewhere because neither Kuszczak nor Foster seems able to provide it and uncertainty between the posts can seriously undermine the confidence of the entire team - we all remember Fabien Barthez, don't we?

I don't blame Fergie for postponing this thankless task, especially in the current financial circumstances and as Van der Sar is still comfortably top-class he will be able to hold his own for another season. But we cannot delay finding a replacement for much longer...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 8 2010

Time: 3:33PM

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I thought Neuer might have been a good buy for us - if the rumours are to be believed
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08/02/2010 21:43:00

Yeah, well, it's unlikely to happen right now. Neuer's good, that's true, but I guess with the limited resources Fergie wants to focus on outfield players in the summer.
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09/02/2010 12:05:00

Its getting worrying that VdS will soon be retiring and we dont have anyone to really replace him
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09/02/2010 23:49:00

my opinion on this topic is that kuszczak is not good enough because even though he might have the talent/superb reflexes he doesn't communicate enough with his defenders and he hasn't created that intimidating atmosphere that happens to defenders and strikers alike when vds plays... foster....don't get me started but he has no chance here...he might turn into a fine goalie at another team just like howard did at everton...but just not here. even if Sir Alex decides to bring in a foreigner as a replacement goal keeper...he will have to be a back up/understudy to VDs tell he learns the language and get accustomed to life in england... so i do see us getting a goalie in the summer, and one from here leaving(unfortunately since kuszczak is not english, he will probably be the one leaving)
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