Van der Sar to skipper United
Ferguson lauds keeper ahead of his last Premier League appearance
Last Updated: May 21, 2011 10:53am
Van der Sar: Will captain Man Utd against Blackpool on his final appearance in the Premier League
Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Edwin van der Sar as the goalkeeper prepares to captain Manchester United on his final Premier League appearance.
Van der Sar has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season and the 40-year-old will lead the champions out at Old Trafford against Blackpool on Sunday.
The Dutchman has been an influential figure since joining United from Fulham six years ago and could yet bow out with another UEFA Champions League winners' medal to his name.
He will be a tough act to follow at Old Trafford in the future and Ferguson has praised the achievements of Van der Sar during a distinguished career.
"He has been fantastic. Absolutely sensational," said Ferguson. "Edwin's professionalism and dedication have been fabulous.
"A goalkeeper's training is completely different from an outfield player. It involves diving about the goalmouth all the time, saving shots and blocks.
"It is hard to imagine a normal person being able to do that when they were over 40. But he is special. He has something inside him.
"Some people have a certain quality that involves them needing to be a winner all the time. That is what Edwin has been.
"He has had a great career. He has won four titles with us, Wembley will be his fifth European Cup final and he has more caps than anyone else in Holland.
"It has been a fantastic career and he is going out at the very top."