The former Manchester United legend Edwin Van der Sar is in the hospital but is doing well despite having a brain hemorrhage. The 52-year-old’s family has expressed thanks for the good wishes they have received since he was brought to intensive care on Friday.
“For the time being, Edwin Van der Sar will stay in intensive care,” Ajax said in a statement about the former Manchester United legend. “Although his status is stable, it is nonetheless worrying. On behalf of Edwin’s wife Annemarie van der Sar, Ajax relays this information. The numerous expressions of encouragement have been much appreciated and moved, both by the Van der Sar family and Ajax.”
Van der Sar won the Champions League in 2008, which he had won when playing for Ajax, and the Premier League four times in his six years at United. He went back to Ajax after retiring, taking the position of chief executive there in 2016, although he departed the position at the conclusion of the previous campaign. After a disastrous season that saw the team finish third in the Eredivisie and miss out on Champions League qualifying, Van der Sar said he would be resigning from his position as a member of the club’s board of directors after serving for over 11 years.
The Dutch custodian left Ajax after more than 200 games and participated in Louis van Gaal’s team that won a European championship. He then went to Juventus before joining with Fulham in 2001. Four years later, Van der Sar made the move to Old Trafford, where he won the League Cup thrice and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. Van der Sar retired after United lost to Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley and in the 2009 Champions League final at Wembley. Van der Sar, who has 130 caps for the Netherlands, once held the record for most appearances.
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