Exclusive: Van der Sar the 'best ever'

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Edwin van der Sar has been voted as Manchester United's finest goalkeeper of all-time in a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

The Dutch shot-stopper won 53 percent of the 50,000 votes cast, while 1999 Treble winner Peter Schmeichel polled 44 percent.

Frenchman Fabien Barthez, 1968 European Cup hero Alex Stepney and 1980s stalwart Gary Bailey also received a share of the vote, but none could garner the support of van der Sar or Schmeichel.

On Friday, Stepney selected whom, in his opinion, was the best gloveman United have ever had, with the 69-year-old opting for Schmeichel.

But, according to the fans, van der Sar is just ahead of the great Dane in the annals of Old Trafford history.

Van der Sar retired at the end of last season to bring to an end a United career which boasted a haul of four Barclays Premier League titles, four Community Shield wins, a Carling Cup triumph, victory in the World Club Cup and a famous Champions League crown.


The 40-year-old was the hero in the 2008 European triumph as United edged out Chelsea on penalties in a tense affair in Moscow.

Van der Sar also featured in two other Champions League finals for United, with May's defeat to Barcelona at Wembley his final game for the club.

The former Holland No.1 was named European Goalkeeper of the Year in three consecutive seasons between 2008 and 2010, while he chalked up 264 appearances in six years with United.

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