As David De Gea says his goodbyes at Old Trafford in preparation for a move to Real Madrid, Red Devils goalkeeping legend Edwin van der Sar is not worried one bit believing that manager Louis van Gaal’s team will be just fine.
“At the start of the season you start with 11 players…nobody is irreplaceable, that’s always the case,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of talk lately and if he wanted to stay he probably would have signed a new contract by now.
“He came here as a young boy to United, really grew up and became a man and has become a top quality goalkeeper, so he’s in demand.
“I’m sure United, if David is going to leave, they are going to find a good successor.”
At the moment United has a list of possible candidates that include Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Chelsea’s Petr Cech and Stoke stopper Asmir Begovic along with Ajax and Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
The one man Van der Sar does not want United to go after is Ajax shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen simply because the former United player is a director of the Dutch club.
“I hope United aren’t getting him.
“Luckily I have some influence on that part, being on the board of Ajax. But of course, Jasper is a fantastic goalkeeper.
“In the winter break I went to Qatar for a week and I trained with the goalkeepers there and had a session with them. He has also improved immensely.”
Van der Sar also predicted that his countryman LVG would better last season’s fourth place finish saying: “I was here five or six months ago at the training ground, watching training.
“I had a word with him afterwards in his office. He’s still somebody who is really competitive and wants to make things work in his way and the way he had success as Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.’