Date: 27th January 2011 at 9:45am
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It was the news we had been expecting but dreading at the same time. has confirmed he does intend to retire at the end of the season.

First stated by on BBC Red Wednesday last night, the man confirmed the decision in a statement on his management company’s website¬† that said:

“It is now time to pay attention to my family. I cannot really identify a time when it (the decision) happened, let’s just say that it was playing on my mind from the moment Annemarie had her stroke.”

“She has fought back from it. We decided on another year in and thus to stay at Manchester United. But, once engaged in the season, the thought of saying goodbye started to gnaw a bit more emphatically.”

have been here before and struggled to replace adequately after he moved to Sporting Lisbon in 1999.
Van der Sar was the eventual replacement after a number of keepers failed to make the grade but now he is to depart who will replace him?
continues to claim he is ready to step up yet has failed to convince all whilst new signing is yet to be tested at this level leaving some to ponder if a new keeper is on his way into Old Trafford.