Just as it is said that old habits die hard and this is apt in the former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who has made a huge decision to return to the pitch one more time.
The 45-year-old goalkeeper is coming out of retirement to play for his old amateur side VV Noordwijk one more time.
The ex-Netherlands international’s last game was the 2011 Champions League final, which United lost 3-1 to Barcelona, but he remains a member of the Dutch club – who have suddenly found themselves in an injury crisis between the sticks.
With regular keeper Mustafa Mare Zine out of action, Noordwijk petitioned the Dutch FA (KNVB) to allow Van der Sar dispensation to play on Saturday against Jodan Boys, which was granted.
“He still thinks warmly of the club and is here regularly,” said Pieter Vink, technical director at Noordwijk, to Voetbal in de Bollenstreek.
“After some deliberation he agreed to keeping goal next Saturday against Jodan Boys. We assume that it is basically only for one game. We are thrilled that Edwin wants to help us in this way.”
Van der Sar’s return is expected to be shortlived but fans of the keeper, who holds the record for the most Netherlands international caps at 130, will have one last chance to see him in action.