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Van der Sar: Looking forward

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Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is determined to go out on a high as he approaches his retirement.

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"Maybe it is a weight off my shoulders. It is nice to get recognition from the fans and I will miss football and the buzz. It has been 20 years."

Edwin van der Sar

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The 40-year-old Dutchman has already announced that this will be the last season of his playing career as he plans to spend more time with his family.

But United fans are desperate for Van der Sar to change his mind and chants of 'one more year' greeted his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday's 2-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

However, while the former Ajax, Juventus and Fulham star admits he will miss football, he has no plans to perform a U-turn and hopes to end at a peak with Treble-chasing United.

"I don't hate the thought of retirement," said Van der Sar. "I am looking forward to it. I am at my peak and it will be nice to finish at my peak.

"Maybe it is a weight off my shoulders. It is nice to get recognition from the fans and I will miss football and the buzz. It has been 20 years.

Doubts

"But I have other good things, including a lovely wife and great kids."

Meanwhile, Van der Sar was pleased with United's response against Arsenal in the wake of defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool.

"We lost two games last week so it was important for us to get back to winning ways," he said.

"Everybody doubts themselves. Every writer doubts themselves, every artist doubts himself and every football player does.

"But that is what certain players thrive on. It is important for the experienced players to stand up and be counted and to show the young players what has to be done."

Two matches, including a semi-final against Manchester City, now stand between many of United's players and their first FA Cup triumph, Van der Sar among them.

"An FA Cup winners' medal would mean a lot despite what I have already won in my career," he said. "It is there and on my list but I wouldn't look back in regret if don't win it."

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