Battle Between The Sticks : Hart and Van Der Sar


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Holland international goalkeeper EDWIN VAN DER SAR, who holds the national record with 130 caps for his country and is set to retire at the end of this season, will play his final intra-city derby match for Manchester United on Saturday opposite cross-town rival Manchester City at Old Trafford in the northwest of England. (football-news.com)
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Goalkeeping, as can be expected in a match of such magnitude, figures to play another prominent role in the 157th Manchester Derby at Old Trafford on Saturday; in the first intra-city contest of the season earlier this past November, neither Manchester City nor Manchester United could solve either netminder as the cross-town rivals battled to a 0-0 draw.

Holland international EDWIN VAN DER SAR is hunting one last Premier League title for Manchester United in his final season of professional football. The 40-year-old shot stopper has started all but two of Manchester United’s 25 matches in the top flight this season, a sixth for the Red Devils following a transfer worth a reported 2.0 million English pounds from London club FC Fulham. The Dutchman, of course, made a pivotal stop from the free kick of Argentina World Cup striker CALOS TEVEZ during Manchester United’s last derby match with Manchester City.

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Holland international goalkeeper EDWIN VAN DER SAR of Manchester United dives to keep the free kick of Manchester City’s Argentina World Cup striker CARLOS TEVEZ (32) out of the net during the 156th Manchester Derby which ended in a scoreless draw this past November at the City of Manchester Stadium in the northwest of England. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
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In the Premier League this season, van der Sar has registered a save percentage of 69.44 %, which is down from last season although the Dutchman did play just 21 games in the English top flight a season ago.

Besides, in a big match such as the Manchester Derby, the considerable experience of the highly-decorated and well-traveled van der Sar is immeasurable to the Red Devils of manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Holland international goalkeeper EDWIN VAN DER SAR (1) of Manchester United moves to stop the spot kick of Manchester City’s England international striker DARIUS VASSEL (11) during the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory in the intra-city derby from May of 2007 at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)
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Manchester City goalkeeper JOE HART, who was number three on the depth chart and did not get a game for the Three Lions at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa this past summer, is now regarded as England’s first choice and viewed by many as one of the top young netminders in the world. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)
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23-year-old England international JOE HART has certainly proved his worth after displacing veteran Republic of Ireland international SHAY GIVEN as the Manchester City first choice at the start of this 2010-11 season.

Hart has turned aside 83 shots for an impressive save percentage of 79.05 % while appearing in all 26 Premier League matches for Manchester City’s Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI. A year ago, while out on loan at Birmingham City, the former England U-21 international finished among the top goalkeepers in the top flight with a save percentage of 76.27%. The 34-year-old Given, who has played 110 times for Ireland in his career, stopped 70 % of the shots-on-target during his 35 games for Manchester City in the Premier League last season.

Given was acquired by Manchester City in Feburary of 2009 from Newcastle United for the transfer fee of 5.9 million English pounds; Hart, in contrast, was originally purchased from Shrewsbury Town in May of 2006 for just 600,000 English pounds.

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(Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
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(epltalk.com)

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