Howard and Van der Sar competed for the goalkeeperâ€™s position at Old Trafford during the 2005/06 campaign before the American moved to Everton, initially on a season-long loan deal.
'In my first year at Manchester United, I worked and played with Tim,â€ť Van der Sar told evertonfc.com. â€śAt that point he was still very young and he was disappointed that I came in and played so many matches.
â€śAfter that he got a great move to Everton and has performed at a steady level.
â€śHe is able to pull off miraculous saves, is flexible and is always up and about and quick on his feet.
â€śIâ€™m sure he is going to be there for many more years and Iâ€™m sure the fans are happy with him.â€ť