Retiring keeper one of the best in the business

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As Edwin Van der Sar played his last match in a Manchester United top on Saturday night, number two stopper Tomasz Kuszczak has lead the praise for the highly respected keeper.

"Edwin is a terrific goalkeeper and I learned a lot,” the Poland international said.

"He put me on the bench for a long, long time and I don't think there is any goalkeeper in the world who can put him on the bench. That's why it is not a surprise I sit on the bench.”

Van der Sar has had a career full of success with Manchester United spanning six years, with the stopper winning four Premier League titles, a Champions League trophy and the FIFA Club World Cup. The Dutchman also set a new record in the Barclays Premier League after going 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal.

Van der Sar is also the oldest player to win the Barclays Premier League trophy, doing so at nearly 41-years-old this season.

"He was, you can say, one of the best players in the team,” Kuszczak said, showing sentiments that have been reiterated by Sir Alex Ferguson, fans, pundits and fellow players over the past six years.

Van der Sar says he is going to take a year off before deciding his next move, with the keeper considering going into coaching at some point.

"I have done some coaching badges in England and have put myself forward to do that in Holland as well but I am not sure if I am going to finish them," Van der Sar said.

"Maybe it is too soon. I want to take a year out and do some nice things.

"I want to watch some games with friends in a normal situation on a Saturday, have a nice meal on a Saturday night, watch a game on Sunday, play golf and have some family time.

Tomasz Kuszczak
Edwin Van der Sar
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