Fergie: Van der Sar right to go

The 40-year-old Dutchman announced his intention to retire earlier

this year. Since then, he has maintained an impressively high

standard, leading to calls from Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand

amongst others to abandon his plans. However, Ferguson is fearful

that Van der Sar’s standards may start to slip rapidly and without

warning. And the Manchester United boss is too much of a fan to

want that to happen. “If I was giving advice to Edwin van der Sar,

right now, I would say retire,” said Ferguson. “He is at the

absolute pinnacle of his career but sometimes, when a player gets

to that age, age comes onto you very suddenly. “I wouldn’t want to

see Edwin van der Sar in that situation. He deserves to go out at

the very top and hopefully he does that.” Van der Sar is aiming to

land the third Champions League triumph of his career, in addition

to his fourth Premier League title since moving north from Fulham

in 2005. “His career has been absolutely fantastic,” said Ferguson.

“It is not just what he does on the football field. It is how he

has handles himself as a professional and a human being. “He is

absolutely outstanding. In our dressing room at half-time and

before games, he is absolutely fantastic. “My advice to him is that

this is the time. “There is no reason for him to risk another year

and maybe drop below his standard.”