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Edwin van der Sar explains how he missed chance to join Man United earlier

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Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he could have joined the club six years before he finally did.

It wouldn't be until 2005 when Van der Sar finally arrived at Old Trafford and became one of the club's best-ever keeepers.

As he was deliberating on what his next move would be, Van der Sar has revealed, there was a chance he could have joined United, who had just lost the legendary Peter Schmeichel.

Van der Sar went on to make 266 appearances for United and kept a staggering 139 clean sheets, not conceding in over half of his matches.

“I think there was a chance but I think United hesitated a little bit,” he told MUTV Group Chat.

The former goalkeeper came through the ranks at the famed Ajax academy and won the Champions League with the club in 1995 but decided it was time to leave towards the end of the decade.

“I told Ajax I wanted to leave in ’99 and I visited a couple of European clubs.
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