Fresh from his extended summer break following his exertions at Euro 2008, the Dutchman has returned to Carrington to begin his preparations for the new campaign.
While he is well aware of the qualities of his fellow stoppers, he is determined to keep a firm grip on his first team place.
"I don't really care who is behind me, I just want to keep the jersey," he insisted in an interview with Sky Sports News.
"Ben Foster is a good goalkeeper, there is no question about that, but the same can be said of myself and Tomasz Kuszczak.
"We are all working hard to reach the highest level we can, but people tend to be focused on Ben because they relate it to the England situation.
"I must perform and make sure I'm fit and playing at the level everyone wants me to be at."
Van der Sar could be handed his first taste of pre-season action in Saturday's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer testimonial against Espanyol.
He may also feature against former side Juventus in next Wednesday's Old Trafford friendly, before which the players will parade the Premier League and Champions League trophies around the pitch.
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