Former 'keeper backs Reds to rise again

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Retired Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar is confident Sir Alex Ferguson can construct a side capable of toppling the currently untouchable Barcelona. 

United were dealt a footballing master class by Barca in last month's Champions League final - Van der Sar's last game for the Barclays Premier League champions. 

But the 40-year-old Dutchman is adamant United will one day knock the Catalan giants from the perch and dominate European football once again. 

"Of course they will improve and grow next year - and that's what they have to do," Van der Sar said. 

"At the minute Barcelona are better than us and that happens - sometimes in your life you come up against people who are better than you; it's what sport is about. So you have to learn to compete against them. 

"At that moment we aren't good enough and that hurts, but there's no reason why the team cannot come back next year and the year after. 


"I won't be there but I will be watching! I know the manager will build a team that is capable of challenging Barcelona; it will be a big incentive for him." 

United have already set about improving their squad in time for next season with highly-rated Blackburn teenager Phil Jones becoming the first signing of what is expected to be a busy summer. 

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young will reportedly be the next player to make the move to Old Trafford, while Atletico Madrid 'keeper David De Gea is seemingly set to replace Van der Sar as Ferguson's No.1 glove man.


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