Record talk annoys Van der Sar

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Edwin van der Sar is getting so tired of talking about his record goalkeeping exploits he is preparing to let one in, just to bring his run to an end.

The Dutchman's throw-away comment was a joke of course. But after over 20 hours, van der Sar is running out of things to say about himself.

"It is getting annoying now so maybe I will do it in one or two games," he laughed. "It is great of course but the records will only be important at the end of the season."

He added: "If we end up losing another four or five games before the end of the season we probably won't be the champions and the goal is to win it.

"It is a halfway point. You take it on board but you don't celebrate."

Van der Sar certainly deserves some recognition though after a staggering run of 13 successive Barclays Premier League clean sheets that dates back to a November 8 defeat by Arsenal.

At that time it appeared the Red Devils were facing a major struggle to complete a title hat-trick. Now, few would be surprised if the name Manchester United had to be carved on every trophy they are still competing for.

An FA Cup tie at Derby is followed by Fulham at Old Trafford in a game that was originally postponed last August; the meeting with his old club providing van der Sar with an opportunity to stretch his British best to world record proportions.

"When you talk about this achievement it is all about the team," he said. "It is about organisation and trusting each other.

"If Rio steps to the right you know Vidic will follow. It is about knowing Rafael will come inside, or when Michael Carrick is going to block a shot from distance. It is magnificent. Hopefully we can keep it going for a while."

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