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Edwin van der Sar

Position: Goalkeeper
Appearances in the decade: 198
Signed: 1 June 2005

Club World Cup: 2008
Champions League: 2007/08
Premier League: 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09
League Cup: 2005/06
Community Shield: 2007, 2008

22/12/2009 08:00, Report by Adam Bostock

Players of the Decade: #9

Edwin van der Sar's arrival in July 2005 ended United's six-year search for a long-term successor to Peter Schmeichel.

Many guardians of United's net tried and failed to hold on to the position. Even a World Cup-winning number one, Fabien Barthez, didn't hang around for the long haul.

Van der Sar's formidable presence - especially behind the Ferdinand-Vidic pairing - helped to re-establish United as the kings of English football in the second half of the decade, gleaning three consecutive league titles. Edwin was also instrumental as the Reds won the European Cup in 2008 - who could ever forget his penalty save from Nicolas Anelka, and his joyous roar in the Moscow rain?

Edwin's greatest feat - and the one which best demonstrates his powers - came in 2008/09, when he didn't concede for a record 14 league games in a row, from November to March. For 1,311 minutes he was what all keepers dream of being - simply unbeatable.

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