Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to go double Dutch by replacing retirement-bound Edwin Van der Sar with highly-rated Holland international keeper, Maarten Stekelenburg in the summer transfer window.
Having initially struggled to replace United legend Peter Schmeichel when he left the club in 1999, Fergie knows only too well that he needs to make the right choice first time round, and with Van der Sar announcing his retirement this week, Ferguson thinks he’s found the ideal replacement in Ajax stopper, Stekelenburg.
The big Dutchman has been first choice for Ajax since 2005 and would set United back around £10 million. At 28, Stekelenburg has a combination of great experience and the time on his side to be between the sticks at Old Trafford for many years to come.
United’s interest has been confirmed by René Meulensteen, Ferguson’s first-team coach, who said:
“Stekelenburg is indeed the goalkeeper who is at the top of our wanted list. We have naturally been talking a lot among ourselves about who should replace Van der Sar. Alex Ferguson has spoken about Stekelenburg with Edwin and that does not seem strange to me at all.”
Having kept goal 34 times for the Netherlands, Stekelenburg comes with a recommendation from Van der Sar himself, who has given glowing reports to Ferguson on the man who replaced him in the Dutch national team.
With only the unwanted Tomasz Kuszczak, who’s expected to leave United in the summer, and the inexperience of Anders Lindegaard to count on, United fans must be hoping that Stekelenburg can fill the considerable boots of legendary compatriot, Van der Sar.
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