Edwin chasing cup-winning finale

The Dutch shot-stopper has been in the game since the late 1980s

after beginning his illustrious career with Ajax. The 39-year-old

has since played for the likes of Juventus and Fulham before

pitching up tent at Old Trafford in 2005. Van der Sar has won

everything in the game from Champions League to Premier League

titles, although a FA Cup winners’ medal remains absent from his

trophy cabinet. Steele feels the veteran has already made up his

mind to hang up his gloves next summer, but he remains keen to bow

out winner having help win the FA Cup. “I think Ed has made his

mind up and said this is his last year,” he told the Manchester

Evening News. “He hasn’t won (the FA Cup) and that is a big target

for him. He has won most things in the game, there is not much left

he hasn’t. “When we rotate our goalkeepers, I think you will see Mr

Van der Sar knocking on the door and asking the boss to play in the

FA Cup.” However, Steele does not feel Van der Sar’s possible

retirement is not set in stone and believes it could be of benefit

to United for the shot-stopper to stay on. The Red Devils have the

likes of Tomasz Kuszczak and Ben Amos waiting in the wings,

although Steele feels Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops are still in

transition. “I think we need him because this team is in transition

at the moment,” he said. “If he gets to Christmas and he thinks it

is right to go on and the manager thinks it is right we will make a

decision. “It is down to how he feels and performs. If he doesn’t

perform the manager will make the decision. Edwin will as well.”