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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 December 2006, 18:16 GMT
Van der Sar extends Man Utd deal
Edwin van der Sar
Van der Sar has kept 10 clean sheets this season in 22 games
Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has signed a new one-year contract at Manchester United to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2008.

Van der Sar, 36 moved to United from Fulham 18 months ago.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Edwin's fit, lean and hungry and he can play for another two years, easy.

"It all depends on what what he wants. Our approach with players in their 30s is to give them one-year contracts and we've given him another one-year deal."

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Van der Sar has impressed Ferguson since his move from Fulham and is the undisputed first-choice at the club, who have loaned Tim Howard out to Everton this season.

"Edwin's probably got a new lease of life coming to United," Ferguson added.

"He did well at Fulham having previously been with Juventus and Ajax, but coming to us has given him an extra spur that a lot of goalkeepers get at that age.

"He is good in the dressing room, too.

"He's not a terribly demonstrative person - he's not like Peter Schmeichel for instance - but what he says has an authority about it because he has been there and that experience and personality is helping."



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