Thursday 06 June 2013

On this day: Edwin Van der Sar joins Manchester United

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Dutch goalkeeper moving to Old Trafford

  • Edwin Van der Sar's first match for Man Utd was against Everton, which his team won 2-0

  • Van der Sar won four Barclays Premier League titles at Man Utd

  • The Dutch goalkeeper set a Premier League record of 11 consecutive clean sheets

  • Van der Sar's final home match for Man Utd was against Blackpool in 2011

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 6 June 2005 - Manchester United sign Edwin Van der Sar

Manchester United dipped into the transfer market to complete the signing of Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from Fulham.

The 34-year-old former Juventus goalkeeper had been in West London for four seasons but was brought to Manchester by Sir Alex Ferguson after Roy Carroll’s departure.

"I am delighted to have signed for Manchester United, one of the most famous clubs in the world," he said. “I'm looking forward to joining my new team-mates to start preparations for the new season, which promises to be one of the most exciting of my career."

"He's been fantastic, absolutely sensational, with his professionalism and dedication"
Sir Alex Ferguson

Van der Sar excelled at Old Trafford and soon became an integral part of the United set-up, playing a key role in helping the club win four Barclays Premier League titles as well as the UEFA Champions League in 2008.

He set a new Barclays Premier League record in 2009 by going 11 matches and 1,311 minutes without conceding a goal.

Van der Sar retired at the end of the 2010/11 season having made 186 League appearances for United, recording 92 clean sheets.

"He's been fantastic, absolutely sensational, with his professionalism and dedication," Ferguson said. "He's special and he’s got something special inside himself. Some people have a certain quality inside them that involves a need to be a winner all the time. That's what Edwin has been, a winner, all his life. He's had a fantastic career and he’s going out at the very top."

Van der Sar bowed out with his fourth Premier League title but his final match ended with defeat by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Manchester United signing a new goalkeeper