Edwin van der Sar has set his usual December deadline to decide whether to extend his Manchester United career.
For three seasons now, the 38-year-old has waited until the depths of winter to determine his fate, which the answer coming up positive each time.
"It has always been the case with Edwin that he has made the decision around the end of December and it will be this same this season too," said boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
"There is going to be a time when he decides it is time but he never does anything at this stage of the season."
Ferguson is more concerned Van der Sar is available again this season after he suffered two broken fingers in a pre-season game against Bayern Munich in July.
It was originally thought the former Fulham star would be out for two months, but Ferguson has confirmed he will be sidelined for another three weeks, meaning the first time he will be available is the encounter with Bolton on October 17.
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