London: Outgoing Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar believes the club is closing the gap with Barcelona.
According to the Dutchman, the fact that the Red Devils could keep the Catalan giants quite for 20 minutes during the Champions League final played at the Wembley last Saturday, spoke volumes about the club’s growth.
A newspaper quoted Van der Sar, as saying: "It took them 20 minutes to get into the game, so we doubled that from Rome!"
It was not the farewell match that the 40-year-old goalkeeper was hoping for as he now retires from football.
He said: "It will be very hard probably. It is not going to be easy. I never said that."
Van der Sar tried to be philosophical about the events at Wembley as United were taken apart going down 3-1.
He said: "It would have been great to go out on a win but it didn`t happen. We are disappointed, but hey that`s life, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. After equalising you hope the game is still open.”
His career has seen him win two Champions League medals with Ajax in 1995 and one with United in 2008 against Chelsea.
Van der Sar, capped 130 times for Holland, stood by his decision to retire despite manager Alex Ferguson and his team-mates trying to get him to change his mind.
He revealed: "It is the right time for me. I have done some coaching badges in England but I am not sure if I will finish them. I have put myself forward to do that in Holland as well but maybe it is too soon. I think I want to take a year out and do some nice things.”
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