Van der Sar to retire, Dutchman quitting to spend time with family.
Edwin van der Sar has confirmed he will quit football at the end of the season to spend more time with his family.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted earlier this season he fully expected the 40-year-old to call it quits at the end of the current campaign.
Ferguson was reportedly keen on having Van der Sar joining the coaching staff at Old Trafford, but the keeper says he will take a complete break from football in the summer.
Van der Sar has admitted he wants to spend more time with his wife Annemarie after she suffered a brain-related illness last year.
"Do not ask me how or why, but suddenly you know. That was sufficient.
"The time has come to pay greater attention to my family.
"Although they have never complained, everyone in the family has indeed always had to focus on me, but all together we have also had a lot in return."
The former Holland international insists his age played no part in his decision to quit as he still feels fit at the age of 40.
"No, my age played no role," added Van der Sar. "I am 40 years old, but I still feel fit."
He told Sports Promotions Netherlands
RS wish himm all the best, and i wish his wife a speedy recovery'hmm what a life, fame and money cannot buy happiness' His wife AnneMarie is a wonderful woman. I will leave you all to reminisce on this piece, Love conquers all.......Show love to someone today your pets inclusive.....see ya! RS