According to the always reliable Sun, Edwin van der Sar has rubbished reports that he’s retiring at the end of the season. Perhaps he wants to win the FA Cup (one of the few trophies he hasn’t won yet), as United’s goalkeeping coach has suggested. Or, more likely, he can still perform at a high level for a couple more years.
The best plan would be to buy a successor and split games for a year or two. Van der Sar is nothing if not professional and I’m sure he’d be happy to bring his heir along somewhat slowly. This would allow Sir Alex to go get Igor Akinfeev from CSKA Moscow and give the new keeper time to adjust to England, learn the language, and learn from van der Sar. I still believe Akinfeev is a better choice than Atlético Madrid’s David De Gea.