Head to head: Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd) v Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Ollie Irish

27th, May 2009

Throughout the day, Pies will look closely at the respective teams of United and Barca. We begin at the beginning, with the No.1s
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Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd)
The Dutch veteran has enjoyed a vintage season, breaking Petr Cech’s Prem record for minutes played without conceding a goal. He’ll be 40 next year though, so this will probably be his final campaign as United’s first-choice ‘keeper and what better way to go out than by keeping Messi, Henry and Eto’o at bay.
Van der Sar’s chief asset is his massive experience (he rarely loses his cool, which is exactly what a defender wants from his goalie), not to mention his massiveness. At almost 6ft6in tall, VDS is one imposing streak of piss he dominates his area brilliantly, often acting as a sweeper. If he has a weakness, it’s the variable quality of his clearances. I remember last season’s CL semi final against Barcelona, when Alex Ferguson was literally screaming at his players

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