For years, Manchester United had struggled to replace Peter Schmeichel in the Old Trafford goal. Sir Alex Ferguson had experimented with 6 goalkeepers in as many years before he decided to sign Edwin van der Sar from Fulham in 2005.
It proved to be a masterstroke from the United tactician as van der Sar has been a model of reliability and consistency in his 5 years at the club.
With the Dutchman between the sticks, United have enjoyed a great period of success including three Premier League titles, one League Cup and one UEFA Champions League trophy.
At almost 40, van der Sar is surely approaching the twilight of his career and Sir Alex Ferguson is surely on the look-out for van der Sar’s successor.