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Van der Sar sticking to decision

Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar has no intention of playing on beyond the end of the season and is "looking forward" to retirement.

Van der Sar was genuinely moved at hearing the Stretford End bellow "One more year" in recognition of his man-of-the-match performance in the 2-0 win over Arsenal, but he has no intention of giving in to their demands.

The 40-year-old has already announced this will be his last season and no matter what United's appreciative fans say, he will not be changing his mind.

"I don't hate the thought of retirement," he said. "I am looking forward to it. I am at my peak and it will be nice to finish at my peak.

"Maybe it is a weight off my shoulders. It is nice to get recognition from the fans and I will miss football and the buzz. It has been 20 years.

"But I have other good things, including a lovely wife and great kids."

Van der Sar has never given the impression of being overly emotional about football.

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