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Man Utd's Ferguson: Van der Sar ended Schmeichel doubts

Ferguson said of Van der Sar: "The most difficult job we had was replacing Peter Schmeichel and we did that three years ago with Edwin.

"That was not an accident that save. We knew where certain players were putting the ball, so great credit to him.

"When it came to the last penalty he used his experience to wait that fraction. It's my first victory in penalty shootouts, apart from Charity Shields which you don't count - I lost three with Aberdeen and three with United but it was seventh time lucky."

Hero Van der Sar said: "I won a final in 1995 with Ajax and then lost one on penalties with Ajax the next season. It is all about quality strikes from our players and then you hope to save one.

"We were lucky with the slip from Terry or it would have been all over."

Ferguson had a special word for Paul Scholes, who missed out on the final in 1999 due to suspension.

He said: "The disappointment of '99 is gone now for Paul Scholes.

"He was unlucky to get a broken nose in that clash with Claude Makelele in the first half and was feeling very groggy at half-time.

"I kept looking at him to see how he was shaping up but I'm delighted for the boy - he is a fantastic person."

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