Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is likely to retire from football at the end of the season, according to the club’s goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.
The former Dutch international No.1 turns 40 later this year and has indicated that he plans to hang up his goalkeeping gloves.
“I think Ed has made his mind up and said this is his last year,” Steele told the Manchester Evening News.
“He is a good pro and a sensible and highly intelligent guy who will know when the time is right. I don’t think he will need myself or the manager to tell him that time has come. He will know.
“But if he gets to Christmas and he thinks it is right to go on and the manager (Alex Ferguson) 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.”
However Steele revealed Van der Sar would like to complete the his career with an FA Cup winners medal.
“He hasn’t won it and that is a big target for him,” added Steele.
“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.”