Edwin eager for Wembley return

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Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar anticipates another special occasion when he steps out at Wembley on Saturday.

Ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final showdown with inner city rivals Manchester City, the Dutch stopper has vowed to make sure it will not be his last visit to the home of English football.

Having announced earlier in the season that this would be his last at Old Trafford, Van der Sar is hoping to end his career on the ultimate high by helping United to an extraordinary treble.

"It's always good to play at Wembley and it's always a nice trip for the fans, but it's only special when you win," said the 40-year-old star.

"We've had a couple of good results there [in other competitions] and we want another on Saturday.


"The name of the game is winning and it’s our aim to make sure we get to the final."

United haven't enjoyed the best of luck at Wembley since the reopening of the stadium in 2007, losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea that year.

They were also defeated in last season's semi-final, losing out to Everton on penalties.

But with Sir Alex Ferguson's side looking to emulate the heroics of the 1998/99 treble-winning squad, the Red Devils will want to overcome their demons in the domestic cup competition.

United will take confidence from recent results, just days after seeing off the Champions League challenge of Chelsea.

"We've had some big games before this one so they've maybe had a bit more time to focus on the match," continued Van der Sar.

"It'll be a tough game. They've shown their qualities this season, but that doesn't mean we're not going to be ready."

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