FOOTBALL NEWS

21/12/2008 12:37, Report by Gemma Thompson in Yokohama

Edwin: Let's kick on

Edwin van der Sar hopes winning the Club World Cup will set United on their way to more glory.



The Dutchman played a major part in the victory, making a string of fine saves when the Reds were down to ten men after Nemanja Vidic's dismissal. It's his second world title - he also won one with Ajax - and he's determined to add to his medal collection again next May.

"It's great to win this tournament again. Hopefully we can go on from here and do well for the rest of the season," he told ManUtd.com.

"It’s important that we make sure we prepare ourselves properly for Stoke on Friday and get back into the normal timezone, although I don’t think that will be hard because I feel like I haven’t even arrived into this one [in Japan]! But it’s great to be going into the game on the back of winning a trophy."

Van der Sar felt United fully deserved the victory over LDU Quito after dominating for long periods.

"I didn’t have much to do in the first half so you’re hoping to go on and get a couple of goals," he said. "They put a bit of pressure on us after we scored, but I had a good eye on the shots and they were nice saves."

No. 1 in the world

"It’s a great feeling to win the tournament again, particularly at United and at this stage of my career."

Edwin van der Sar has been on top of the world before - with Ajax. As European champions in 1995, the Dutch club beat Gremio of Brazil to win the Inter-Continental Cup - effectively the forerunner to the FIFA Club World Cup. It may not surprise you to know that Edwin kept a clean sheet and Ajax won on penalties!

United also won the Inter-Continental Cup, of course, in 1999 when Mark Bosnich was in goal.


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