Van Der Sar saves Anelka's penalty in 2008 CL Finals
Since joining Manchester United in 2005, Van Der Sar has often been the hero who led United to win the Premier League titles and also how to forget that save in 2008 Champions League Final in Moscow against Chelsea, where he kept out Anelka’s penalty and led United to victory. However, he has announced his retirement some days ago, which will take effect as from the end of this season, mostly due to family matters, and now speculations are flying about on who will indeed replace him as No.1 in the United goals.
Manuel Neuer, 24 yrs, currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga as Schalke 04’s No.1 keeper , and more recently raised to the No.1 position in the German squad as well, where he played in the FIFA 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa.
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David De Gea Quintana, 20 years, current goalkeeper for Athletico Madrid. Earned his debut in 2009, and took over from Asenjo after some costly mistakes made by the latter. Being topped by most newspapers to join the Red Devils at the end of the season.
Maarten Stekelenburg, 28 years, current Ajax No.1 as well as for the Netherlands, where he played for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, and reached the finals. Successor of Edwin Van Der Sar at international level, could do same at club level.
Jose Manuel Reina Paez, 28 years, current Liverpool No.1, and second choice to Casillas in the 2010 World Cup. His contract at Liverpool ends soon, and could be up for grabs by many teams if he does not renew. Rumours about Sir Alex being ready to pay 20M for his services from the rival club.
Igor Akinfeev, 24 years, current No.1 of CSKA Moscow, and also part of the Russian international team, and being tracked for a long time by United scouts, but no offers have been made so far for him.
Anders Lindegaard, 26 years, the only January signing so far for Sir Alex, from Aalesunds FK, Norway. He made his senior international debut for Denmark in September 2010 against Iceland, and he has stated upon his arrival at MUFC that he will take the No.1 spot when Van Der Sar retires.