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Praise for Van Der Sar

He may be forty years of age but Edwin van der Sar showed what a top class keeper he still is yesterday.

The Dutchman produced some fine saves to keep United ahead prompting Sir Alex Ferguson to give him the following post match accolades in his dealings with the media,

"Van der Sar made three great saves in the first half and also made a fantastic save in the second."

"His composure is outstanding and his organisation of the defenders is top class."

It`ll be a sad day when he finally hangs up those gloves at the end of the season.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 27 2011

Time: 7:28PM

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The big question remains though, who do we get to replace him? Another example of how one incident in a game overshadows so many positives from both ours and Wigans perspectives.
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27/02/2011 20:55:00

He's been a top class gk for years and it's fitting he will go out at the top, he will be a hard act to follow, only Lloris or Akinfeev seem to be capable of reaching VDS's standard and still have plenty of years ahead of them.
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28/02/2011 15:54:00

The thing woth Lloris and Akinfeev is though I would love to have them fill the GK spot they will both demand heavy transfer fees. I'm not sure if Fergie bought Lindergaard for back up or as a prospect. If Lindergaard is a prospect buy then it would be pointless buying either of Lloris or Akinfeev or alternatively is was pointless buying Lindergaard.
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28/02/2011 16:38:00

I heard somewhere that Lloris would be available for 16 million, now if we want to consider ourselves a massive club we shouldn't be put off by that figure considering our turnover, Lindergaard I'm hoping is simply backup, especially with Kuszack wanting to leave, but with him having cost 5 million I'm a bit worried that the Glazers are not looking to spend again and if no serious investment is made in the summer I think there will be a lot more disgruntled unhappy fans which will not be good for club morale. Can I get your opinion on something that came to my head the other day? All this recurring talk of a Qatar buyout of Utd and the Glazers refusal to entertain the idea, I was thinking with the Glazers being business people surely they would deny wanting to sell the club when they know if we win the league, which is looking likely so far, they would be selling a more attractive prospect and thereby be able to haggle for more money from any potential buyer, granted I would always favour the club belonging to it's fans much like Barca but if these Qatar's turn up and wipe the debt which isn't really the clubs but the Glazer's I would settle for that because at the moment unless some serious funds are put into the squad I fear for us in the future especially if Fergie retires after the 19th league title(I hope not). I know we have the likes of Rafa, Evans, Smalling showing promise, and young Hernandez too I'm worried that the age of Giggs and Scholes plus the likelihood of Hargreaves and Owen going alongside the fact that Carrick has gone downhill big time will we have the capacity to challenge Chelsea, Arsenal and City who will all be a lot stronger next season over the course of a whole campaign at home and in Europe. This is probably all too pessimistic on my part but the nagging reality is that maybe our rivals fans have a point about our circumstances, as much as I would like to tell them where to stick those circumstances and point them to the current league table.
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28/02/2011 21:21:00

I will worry about that when it comes to it. A million possible outcomes can happen between not and then Kanchelskis. Look at it this way, if the 5hit really does hit the fan the Glazers won't be stupid and hang on to an asset that isn't making a profit and will sell, though I still reckon they will hold out for 1.5 billion though. We are one of few clubs in the world that can generate such massive revenues and the Glazers know that when we're out of debt they might as well legally be able to print out money themselves. I think many United fans need to keep level headed about the situation, the Glazers, unlike many other owners, keep very much in the background of the clubs running allowing for such great stability which the likes of Chelsea and Newcastle yearn (I state these two as they are the most unstable). We've won the league 3 times consecutively and also got to consecutive Champions League finals winning one of them. Transfer wise whenever Fergie has wanted the money they have provided him with it, 18 mil on both Nani and Anderson, combined fee of 24 mil for Smalling, Bebe, Obertan and Hernandez, 17 mil for Hargreaves and another 30 mil for Berby that's not including the 25 mil we bidded for Benzema and an enquiry for Ribery which would've cost another 40 or so million. If Fergie genuinely believes there's no value in the market then we must trust him rather than naming the only 2 players who have proven their worth, Van Der Vaart (remember Real were demanding 20 mil, I believe, from Bayern before they pulled out of the deal) and Ozil. Fergie has admitted he may have to spend to replace Giggs and Scholes but I don't expect Fergie to do this, it's not in his nature to replace but rather adjust and adapt. I think we will see a new system as how do you replace the irreplaceable? Any attempt to do so will inevitably fail as very few players are capable of producing what Schole's and Gigg's do day in, day out and those that can will cost a bomb (Xavi/Sneijder and Bale) and there's a case of whether they want to join us. Like when Keane, Van Nistelrooy, Cantona, Ronaldo and many before them left we will adapt. As for Chelsea and City i'm not overly concerned about them either, with the financial fairplay rules coming into play and both club's wage bill alone completely outweighing their revenue they either need to cut the wage bill which won't bode well with City's mercenaries or Chelsea's OAP's and the only way they can generate revenues on our scale is to go through prolonged success on both a domestic and european scale but seeing as they might not get into the CL or maintain a position there for too long, due to the rules, it almost seems like Mission Impossible for them. It really isn't as bad as it seems, if anything it's completely overhyped, too many fans jumping on a bandwagon which they nothing about.
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