Confirmed: Edwin Van der Sar has still got it, despite his advancing years.
The former Juventus and Manchester United goalkeeper made a special comeback from retirement for Dutch outfit Noordwijk against Jodan Boys.
True to form, Van der Sar proved that class is permanent by saving a spot-kick - pointing one way only to dive the other and push the ball away. Rightly so, he was duly mobbed by his new, temporary team-mates.
The former Dutch international agreed to play because of an injury crisis at Noordwijk, and there will surely now be calls for him to return on a permanent basis. The 45-year-old turned out for the club between 1985 and 1990, before embarking on a glittering career with some of Europe's biggest outfits.
Van der Sar retired from the game four years ago after a successful spell with Manchester United, in which he won four Premier League titles and played a key role in the Red Devils' Champions League win in 2008.
"He still thinks warmly of the club and is here regularly,' Peter Vink, technical director at Noordwijk, told Dutch publication Voetbal in de Bollenstreek.
"After some deliberation he agreed to keep goal next Saturday against Jodan Boys. We assume that it is basically only for one game. We are thrilled that Edwin wants to help us in this way."
If David de Gea were to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer, there would be a lot worse options than getting Van der Sar back between the Old Trafford sticks...
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