Photograph: Hollandse Hoogte/Rex/Shutterstock “We were maybe a bit reluctant to put money into older players and we thought we could solve things with our academy. During his six years at Old Trafford, the Dutchman helped the club to win 10 trophies, including four Premier League titles and, in an unforgettable 2008 final in Moscow, the UEFA Champions League.

© 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Join the discussion or compare with others! The top two pools for the big draw are settled - find out why Donny can no longer face his former club Ajax. “It’s about the moment in which you make them – are they at 0-0?

Edwin van der Sar has given his thoughts on Manchester United’s current goalkeeping situation, and feels the high quality in our ranks will help maintain standards this season. Van der Sar admits it was out of character but logical. Not long afterwards Dennis Bergkamp called. Our website uses cookies and other similar technologies to improve our site and your online experience. He appreciates, though, that Ajax’s European revival has a global impact in reminding people that sporting values can outpunch big money. Van der Sar’s new life began the year before he retired at the end of a glittering career when he took a phone call from Johan Cruyff. Some boys are lucky in that you might win, score or give an assist, or you might be unfortunate and lose a game and then the manager might think it’s difficult to bring you in another time.”, “To be fair, I was quite impressed with Dean’s rise with Sheffield, but David has been great for United.

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We still have an exciting month ahead with the possibility of three nice prizes.” Ambition, forged through that mix of history and future, is pumping again at Ajax. Log In, Register now and personalise your profile. “My idea is not to sell seven players from this team, to stay competitive and reach these levels again next season,” he says. Last modified on Tue 30 Apr 2019 12.38 BST. With the exception of Kluivert, who perhaps had his own reasons for branching out to create his own path, everyone absorbed the message. They had played in World Cups and won Champions Leagues.

Edwin left United in 2011, when he announced his retirement from the professional game, and he was replaced at Old Trafford by a young man named David De Gea. “When you get that chance you need to grab it. Van der Sar picks up the story. Van der Sar reels through the notable graduates from each decade from the 1970s to today. That ideal of forming a successful team round its youth is classically Ajax. Van Persie: I always asked Bergkamp for tips, 2007/08 Season Review: Ronaldo fires Man Utd, Mkhitaryan reveals football idols Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic were both immediately influential. Could a striker score an injury-time goal so the mistake you made goes into the background? “Those are waves that happen at Ajax and now it is down to us to make sure we are more on the crest of the wave than the trough.”, Van der Sar is, by his own admission, quite a relaxed person so he has generally kept remarkably calm about the ride his club are on this season. Edwin van der Sar All time stats for Manchester United .

Our 2020/21 home and away kits are available now from United Direct. Available for everyone, funded by readers. “When you’re a young player, you look up to the guys who are in the first team. It is a hell of a list.

Ajax have not looked back since. Edwin van der Sar gives a fascinating insight into van de Beek's qualities on the MUTV Group Chat. If you have no spaces then talent underneath is suffocated.”, That desire for a continuous production line, whether it is youngsters plucked from the Netherlands or further afield, remains paramount. The message was unequivocal. They wanted to sound out a former Ajax man with unusual credentials – on top of his football experiences, with multiple trophies, spells abroad with Juventus and Manchester United, and 130 Oranje caps, he was already planning an MA in sports business.

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Edwin. In the last 20 years many things have changed in the world of football, mainly on the TV and commercial side. “If you have a love for sport, everybody knows the success of Madrid in the 60s, Ajax in the 70s, Bayern Munich and so on. 01:27 On this day - 5 June 2005: Man Utd agree Van der Sar transfer 05/6/2020 CC AD 01:17 Iconic Moment: Van der Sar's clean sheet record 28/5/2020 01:54 On this day - 18 Feb 2009: Man Utd 3-0 Fulham 18/2/2020 CC AD “Johan Cruyff told me normally it’s a lawyer or businessman who knows about balance sheets who can become CEO. We have flown the nest at a certain point to find another challenge and we know that is going to happen. All rights reserved. “Marc and myself have been players. You previously blocked notifications from He has made some mistakes but I’ve made them myself also, every player makes mistakes. I’m sure that those two will push each other to a high level.”. Edwin van der Sar has given his thoughts on Manchester United’s current goalkeeping situation, and feels the high quality in our ranks will help maintain standards this season. Then you can go. We’ll send official updates direct from the club.

Manchester United Home Shirt 2020-21 - Kids, Already signed for United? But, he said, you have come from the university of football, the university of life, what a player must learn: setbacks, success, pressure, winning finals, losing finals, making a mistake in the 89th minute, making a save in the 91st minute.

“We said: ‘If you want to be a legend of Ajax you need to win something big’. See our Cookie Policy to find out more. Five-a-sides: Scholes made it look too easy! Edwin van der Sar 89 - live prices, in-game stats, comments and reviews for FIFA 20 Ultimate Team FUT. A lot of clubs have lost the perspective of what is a football club. André Onana, Matthijs De Ligt, Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, Justin Kluivert, Kasper Dolberg and David Neres came to the meeting. We are going to make sure there is a team that is going to challenge.’ It has worked miracles for us.” The defining moments in the life of a team tend to happen on the pitch but Ajax would not currently be in the Champions League semi-finals, having already swatted aside Real Madrid and Juventus in swashbuckling style, without this injection of inspiration off the pitch.

Thinking ahead is essential but it would be mad not to relish what is happening in front of his eyes at the same time.

Also, for the young players from the academy to have a path to the first team we need to open up spaces.

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