Man Utd news – Fergie expects van der Sar retirement, Hodgson “Sad” at Utd draw, Ferguson plays down 2018 chances

Fergie expects van der Sar retirement.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects veteran goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar to hang up his gloves at the end of the season, reports The People.

The Dutch stopper, 40 last month, has refused to confirm that he will retire in May but Ferguson is planning for it regardless.

“I have come to accept this will be Edwin’s last season,” said Ferguson. “We had a chat last season about how he saw his future and he explained to me his plans, and nothing has changed from then.

“It’s difficult because he has his wife’s health to consider after her illness,” he said, referring to the brain haemorrage wife Annemarie suffered last year.

“She is fine now and seems to be really good but she still has treatments to get in Holland, with physiotherapy and things like that. So for him to be here with us would be difficult.”

Hodgson “Sad” at Utd draw.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has said he is ‘sad’ that his Liverpool side have drawn Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round.

“It will be an excellent game of football but it’s a bit unfortunate that two Premier League teams of the quality of Manchester United and Liverpool get drawn together in the third round,” Hodgson told reporters in the wake of Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham. “I always feel that’s a bit sad.

“It’ll be a cracking game of football. No doubt we’ll find ourselves on TV again. We seem to be on TV every week, so I better get my make-up ready.”

Ferguson plays down 2018 chances.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup will ultimately prove unsuccessful, according to a report by IMScouting.

However the United boss believes Qatar’s bid for the 2022 tournament has a better chance. “I’m not sure I see England getting it for 2018,” he said, “but I think Qatar have a great chance for 2022.

“The only thing against them is that it takes place in June and July and so would be very hot.”

This signals a remarked shift in Ferguson’s attitude towards Qatar and its football credentials, after being highly critical of the Arab state last October when England played a friendly there. “You have the intrusion of a friendly international game in some unknown country,” he said.

“It’s a nice day for [football associations], a nice trip for them, a sunny day, and in some cases it creates good revenue for them.”

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