Aging keeper may be about to call it a day.
Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he will make his mind up over his future in December.
The soon-to-be 39-year-old is currently on the sidelines nursing a hand injury but admits that the time to call it a day is getting ever closer.
However the Manchester United goalkeeper performed admirably last season as the Red Devils claimed their third straight Premier League crown leaving many to suggest that the shot-stopper could continue for years to come.
With Ben Foster challenging the Dutchman for the No.1 jersey at Old Trafford, despite a somewhat shaky start to the season, Van der Sar may opt to hang up his gloves while he is still at the top of his game.
“I’ve said for a few years that it sometimes may be my last season,” he told Sportsweek.
“Six months before my contract with Manchester United ended in December 2006, we extended for one year and so far it has been the same every time.
“I wait each season to see how or where I stand, if everyone is happy and if I can get motivated.
“But I know, because I always get older, it is increasingly likely that this will be my last season.
“In December, it will be clear how it goes. By then, I’ll have clarity. It is a horrible dilemma.
“On the one hand I do not oversleep, I feel as good as a few years ago.” (Sky Sports)
This is not good news for us. Having seen Ben Foster make one too many mistakes and watched as Thomas Kuszczak looks nothing more than average, it has become increasingly important for Edwin to come back from his finger injury but recent statements and stories coming out of Old Trafford seem to suggest that the veteran Dutchman may well not be around at the club for very much longer.
He is the first keeper since Peter Schmeichel to ably fill the void between the posts and done so with some aplomb and replacing him effectively will not be an easy task but its one that Sir Alex is already apparently planning, hence recent stories linking us with the likes of Russian Igor Akinfeev and Lazio keeper Fernando Muslera, the one I would hope we land would be Celtic’s Artur Boruc.