ED WON’T ‘DO A SCHOLES’
EDWIN VAN DER SAR has ruled out following in the footsteps of Paul Scholes and coming out of retirement to rescue Manchester United.
The Reds’ title challenge has been hit by a keeper crisis which could prove costly.
David de Gea – drafted in to replace Van der Sar when he retired last summer – has been in poor form.
And Anders Lindegaard is currently sidelined with a damaged ankle.
But Van der Sar, who won four titles as well as the Champions League at Old Trafford, says he won’t be tempted out of retirement.
The 41-year-old keeper said: “I got a few text messages from friends saying, ‘What about you?’
“I’m quite happy at the moment. There’s no doubt in my mind.
“I was at the Carrington training ground and Scholes was watching a session. I said, ‘So, how do you like it?’ He said, ‘Not much – I miss it’.
“He was still there doing his work as an assistant coach with the reserve team so it was probably a little bit easier for him to get back in.”
Van der Sar also told De Gea to “deal” with his tough start to life at Old Trafford.
De Gea (left) was signed in an £18.3million deal from Atletico Madrid last summer but he has been criticised for struggling to adapt.
Van der Sar added: “He has to deal with it. They paid a lot of money for him and he has to come through that.
“It’s always difficult when coming into a new club and new league – and England is particularly demanding.”
Van der Sar reckons United have shown their character in recent weeks and he’s backing his old pals to win a fifth title in six seasons.
He said: “I think United have had a reasonably strong, competitive last month or two.
“I see the qualities they have and the tactics Sir Alex Ferguson can deploy. Hopefully that can be enough to win them another title.”