Fans react as Dutch legends return to Old Trafford

Tuesday 26 December 2023 20:48

Edwin van der Sar and Robin van Persie were among the crowd for Manchester United's Boxing Day fixture with Aston Villa.

It was wonderful to see Edwin make the trip to his former home, with the legendary keeper recovering from a serious health issue in July.

Of course, with van der Sar's Ajax ties, he has previously worked with manager Erik ten Hag and our current man between the posts, Andre Onana, in addition to Antony and Lisandro Martinez.

Robin was also back in M16 and taking in the action against the team he scored a famous hat-trick against in 2013, to clinch the Premier League title.

Van Persie is currently coaching the Feyenoord youth team after hanging up his boots in 2019.

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Van der Sar made 266 appearances for the Reds, after arriving relatively late in his distinguished career, and won four league titles, as well as his heroic contribution to the Champions League triumph in 2008, against Chelsea, in Moscow.

Van Persie fired the Reds to the title in 2012/13 during his first season at the club. The deadly marksman scored 58 goals in 105 games for United.


It’s fair to say our fans were delighted to see Edwin and Robin back at Old Trafford.

A photo of Edwin and Robin on the pitch together inspired a massive reaction across United’s social media accounts, and with many wishing van der Sar well following his recent health scare. 

Take a look at some of the standout reactions from Facebook…

John Purcell: “Great to see you back where you belong and looking in good health. We all prayed for your recovery and a remarkable recovery you have made. Respect to you and your family. You are welcome here anytime.”

Wendell Wiles: “These legends came to Old Trafford with extra motivational spirit for United to win the game. Bravo guys!”

Remi Joe: “You can never stop loving these two legends.”

Ma'az Shaikh: “Good to see Edwin in good health. Glad he's doing well.”

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Phil Mitchell: “Fantastic to see Edwin defeat his health condition and back at the Theatre of Dreams.”

Qara Qara: “Good to see Edwin. Maybe his presence and that of RVP brought good luck and rekindled memories that reflected on the team's incredible comeback.”

Kinta Kunte: “Edwin is arguably the greatest Premier League goalkeeper of all time! Glad to see you in good health.”

Raye Bee: “Two excellent players! To still have players like these now would be a dream. They were United through and through. Legends! Great that they got to witness this game.”

Brandon Lim: “Dutch legends and our good luck charms on Boxing Day”

Leen Asaad: “We owe the Netherlands a lot!”