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The Daily Mail's website reports...
Boss prepares for Edwin's retirement
Sir Alex Ferguson expects Edwin van der Sar to retire at the end of the season - and the Manchester United boss has confirmed that Anders Lindegaard is unlikely to be the only goalkeeper joining the club. Denmark No 1 Lindegaard clinched his £3.5million move from Aalesunds to Old Trafford on Saturday but Sportsmail has already revealed that the Barclays Premier League giants were in the market for two shot stoppers. “I have come to accept this will be Edwin's last season,” Ferguson told The People. “It's sad but the difficulty for a goalkeeper when he gets to 40 is something which happened with Peter Shilton. All of a sudden, because of age, Shilton's form just collapsed and I don't think Edwin would want that." An audacious move for Liverpool's Pepe Reina is not out of the question, but perhaps the most exciting move would be for Spain Under-21 star David de Gea from Atletico Madrid. And Ferguson admitted: “We haven't finalised our thoughts on the goalkeeping situation. Edwin has massive experience and you can't buy that, so it's a difficult one because he has been a great goalkeeper and will be hard to replace.”
Roy Hodgson is quoted in The Guardian on Liverpool being drawn against United in the FA Cup: "It's a bit unfortunate that two teams of the quality of Manchester United and us get drawn together.”
Dimitar Berbatov credits Wayne Rooney as the catalyst for his five-goal haul against Blackburn. The Sun quotes the Bulgarian: “He’s the type of player who knows how I play and I know how he plays.”