Man Utd boss Ferguson grateful to Van der Sar

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted they relied heavily on goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar after victory at Sporting Lisbon last night.

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"When I bought him three years ago I felt Edwin was going to be one of my best signings," said Ferguson. "I should have done it years ago when I had the chance but I let it slip through my fingers.

"He still has such great enthusiasm even though he has 120 caps for Holland and has won everything as a player.

"It is marvellous for our other keepers that they have someone like that to learn from."

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