League: 29 apps
FA Cup: 4
Carling Cup: 0
Season total: 44
Club total: 142
Edwin's penalty save from Anelka set the seal on a late, dramatic Champions League win (do United do it any other way?). The only time the cool, calm Dutchman lost his composure was seemingly in the post-match interview. "I don't have any words for it," he said. "What can I say? It's great. Nights like this are what you dream of. It’s been 13 years – a long time – since I last won the competition and it feels fantastic, especially in the way we won it. It was the last penalty – saving it – it was unbelievable."
The crowning glory of Edwin van der Sar’s season was undoubtedly the penalty save in Moscow that secured his second, and United’s third, Champions League triumph. Sir Alex Ferguson swears that, if you look closely enough, you can see the giant Dutchman smiling as he stretches to palm Nicolas Anelka’s spot-kick away.
It was indicative that, during a season in which United’s defence established itself as one of the most miserly in Europe, van der Sar’s contagious calm in the most tense of situations shone through.
So much is made of United’s attacking prowess that it’s easy to forget the bedrock for Double success has been the Reds’ steadfast refusal to concede goals. As the man who can see the bigger picture unfolding before him, van der Sar is a key component, relaying vital instructions to the back four.
Edwin had already matched his 2006/07 tally of 16 clean sheets by mid-February, indicating that – despite his 40th birthday being more than a speck on the horizon – age is no hindrance.
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