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United's Van der Sar will retire at end of season

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has confirmed today that he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The 40-year-old former Holland international moved to Old Trafford from Fulham in 2005 and helped the Red Devils to three Premier League titles and Champions League glory in 2008.

He said: "It is now time to pay attention to my family."

Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs believes Alex Ferguson could carry on for another five years at least as United manager and remain at the helm well into his seventies.

The club's record appearance holder says his veteran boss, who turned 69 last month, has an enduring passion for the game.

Giggs said: "I really do not see him (Ferguson) finishing any time soon, he will go on, at least another five years.

"His desire gets stronger.

"After a Champions League game we can get back at 3.30am and then a few hours later he will be the first in at the training ground.

"Earlier in the season we had a virus at the club. He got it himself and was dying during the week, really sick, but come the day of the game, he was there in the dug-out. He just loves the challenge." Giggs intends to follow Ferguson and become a manager somewhere. He is currently taking his A coaching badge.


He added: "I want to remain in football so I can continue to do something I have done since school. If I have a day off I am bored.

"I hope I can be a good manager, I like helping players and improving them. But the life expectancy of a manager is just 18 months, so you do not get long."

Paul Scholes, meanwhile, admits he does not know whether he will carry on playing next year.

After Giggs revealed he plans to continue next season despite reaching his 37th birthday, it was suggested fellow old stager Scholes would continue as well. But as Scholes was only just returning from an eight-week absence with a groin injury, the former England star is not willing to get too far ahead of himself.

"I don't what I'm doing next year," he said. "I just want to concentrate on getting back playing for now.

"Hopefully in the next few weeks I can regain some fitness."