Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By NEIL JOHN­STON

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.”

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