Van der Sar still retains backing of Man Utd boss

Sir Alex Ferguson is supporting Edwin Van der Sar to bounce back from his error against West Bromwich Albion.

The Manchester United keeper was guilty of a howler in last weekend's Premier League fixture as the Red Devils surrendered a two-goal lead for the third time this season to allow the Baggies to claim a point at Old Trafford.

But Ferguson has backed the veteran shot-stopper to respond positively to his mistake in their midweek UEFA Champions League clash.

"The mistake was uncanny," said the United boss.

"Here is a player with 130 caps for Holland and the most fantastic career you could imagine and he makes a mistake like that.

"You cannot even criticise him because he doesn't deserve that.

"He is allowed to make one horrendous mistake in his life. It was at a time when we didn't need it, of course, but it happens.

"You just have to wash it away."

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