Man Utd No1 Van der Sar: My successor needs to have special qualities

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says his successor must have special qualities to succeed at Old Trafford.

It took Sir Alex Ferguson five years after Peter Schmeichel retired to get it right by signing Van der Sar, and the Dutchman said whoever follows him has to learn exactly what it means to be a United keeper.

The Dutchman said:"I don't know if it will be difficult to find someone to follow me but it's not easy to play for a club like United.

"There are a lot of responsibilities and sometimes it takes people a bit longer to accomplish what they can do.

"I wouldn't say there hasn't been a strong deputy here behind me. Both the keepers Ben Foster and Tomasz Kuszczak played a number of games last season when I was out. When that happens they have to take their chances when they come some have done that, others haven't."

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