Edwin van der Sar celebrates Ajax goal against Heerenveen in the stands

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What’s Edwin van der Sar up to these days, we hear you ask.

It’s almost five years since the Dutchman left Manchester United - time flies, eh? - and he’s now working as a marketing director at Ajax.

Although Van der Sar has a soft spot for all of his former clubs, it’s Ajax - his first club - that he’s most fond of.


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And this was evident on Wednesday night when a video emerged of the retired goalkeeper euphorically celebrating an Ajax goal against Heerenveen (Scroll down this page to watch it).

Ajax won the match 2-0 thanks to a brace from Arek Milik, who has scored 21 goals in 29 Eredivisie appearances this season.

Video: Van der Sar celebrates Ajax goal in stands

This video shows how Van der Sar reacted to Milik’s goal.

It was almost on par with his celebration at the end of the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow, when he saved the final penalty from Nicolas Anelka in the shoot-out.

Van der Sar saved a penalty last month

Van der Sar hit the headlines last month after coming out of retirement for his former club Noordwijk - but one for one match.

The 45-year-old, who is undoubtedly one of the finest goalkeepers of his generation, saved a penalty against Jodan Boys.

David de Gea has been an excellent replacement

United fans were concerned that, like Peter Schmeichel, Van der Sar would prove impossible to replace.

However, in the form of David de Gea, the Red Devils secured the services of a talented goalkeeper with the potential to become the world’s best.

Following a difficult first couple of seasons, De Gea flourished into the world-class ‘keeper Sir Alex Ferguson and his scouts expected he would become.

In an interview with Sky Sports earlier this month, Ferguson revealed why he opted to sign the Spaniard over Manuel Neuer, who was with Schalke at the time and could have completed a switch to Old Trafford.

"Eric Steele had been scouting David de Gea for quite a while, but then Neuer came on the scene at Schalke. And I think Schalke would've been happy if we'd have gone and taken him,” Ferguson revealed.

“So my problem was Eric, because he was adamant that we must take de Gea. I said 'but Eric, the boy Neuer is the complete unit; he's mature, his physique is unbelievable', and he says 'yeah, but in three years' time, de Gea will be better'.

“I said ‘that’s a statement’.

"Eric and I went out to watch him [de Gea] against Valencia away, and the things he'd been speaking about - his agility, his confidence, his speed - were evident.

"And Eric had been building a relationship with his parents, and was so adamant, that I had to trust him - and I'm glad I did, because he was right."

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