21/11/2013 08:30, Report by S Bartram, T Bugby

Top stops: Van der Sar

As part of 'Goalkeeper Week' on ManUtd.com, we remember some of United's finest ever saves - continuing with a certain giant Dutchman...

Edwin van der Sar was always prepared for interviewers’ stock question about his best save: “I haven’t made it yet,” he would invariably reply. 

Through a succession of stops, including his Champions League- clinching penalty save from Nicolas Anelka, he retained a mindfulness of the future. Then, seven weeks before his retirement, it came.

“I suppose it was the one from Fernando Torres’ header; that was an important one,” he admitted at the end of the 2010/11 season. 

With United leading at Stamford Bridge in a tense Champions League tie, under-fire striker Torres guided a superb header across goal and towards van der Sar’s far corner, only to watch on in horror as the giant Dutchman flung, hung and contorted himself to claw the ball around the upright. 

True to his word, he saved the best till last.

Read the full 'Top of the Stops' feature, covering 12 great saves, in the new Inside United.

More great saves: Schmeichel vs Zamorano | Gregg vs Hill | Stepney vs Eusebio


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