Thursday 06 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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.