Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar is set to come out of retirement to help one of his former clubs due to their current injury crisis. The Dutchman retired in 2011 following a successful spell at Old Trafford, which saw him win four Premier League titles and a Champions League medal.
The 45-year-old stopper, who has played for Ajax, Juventus and Fulham previously, is coming out of retirement to help his first senior club VV Noordwijk after their current goalkeeper picked up an injury, leaving them with no other alternative. His former club is currently playing the Dutch fourth tier and he is expected to play a game for them against the Jodan Boys on Saturday (12 March).
The club's technical director has confirmed that the former Red Devils star will keep for them possibly for just one game over the weekend. Van der Sar has been out of the game for the last five years following his departure from Old Trafford.
"He still thinks warmly of the club and is here regularly," said the Noordwijk technical director, Peter Vink, as quoted by the Guardian.
"After some deliberation, he agreed to keep goal next Saturday against Jodan Boys. We assume that it is basically only for one game. We are thrilled that Edwin wants to help us in this way," he added.
The former Fulham goalkeeper joined Noordwijk in 1985 and spent five years with their youth setup before making the move to Dutch giants Ajax in 1990. He played for four other clubs during his career spanning 21 years, winning eight domestic titles and two Champions League medals.