Van der Sar loves to play

United shot-stopper would rather play than watch

Van der Sar: Keen to play

Edwin Van der Sar admits he loves being in the thick of the action for Manchester United.

The Dutch shot-stopper has been plagued by injuries this term and missed United's start to the campaign as well as a large spell at Christmas.

He's been key to the Red Devil's surge in the second part of the season, though, which he says he is thrilled about.

The 39-year-old says that watching or listening to a game instead of playing is hard for him to do.

It's easier to play

"It is easier to play yourself than watching or listening," he said.

"Listening to the radio is horrible."

United must overcome Tottenham on Saturday if they are to stand any chance of retaining their Premier League title.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows that Spurs pose a massive threat to such aspirations having watched as they overhauled Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks.

"This is the best Tottenham team in my time," said Ferguson.

"I don't think anyone below us or Chelsea have reached the kind of form they have managed in the last two games.

"Beating two of the best teams in the league so convincingly is championship form."

He added: "The good thing is all the players have seen Tottenham's last two games and know what they are up against.

"They are not going into the unknown."

You can follow the action at Old Trafford live on Sky Sports 1 & HD1 this Saturday, with coverage starting at noon.