Man United legend Edwin van der Sar comes out of retirement at age of 45

van der sar celebrates after terry miss, cl final 2008

Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar is set to come out of retirement at the ripe old age of 45.

A fantastic Dutch goalkeeper who also played for Ajax, Fulham, Juventus and Holland, Van der Sar will help out his former youth club VV Noordwijk in the midst of their goalkeeping crisis.

Van der Sar joined Ajax from VV Noordwijk before making his professional debut for the Dutch giants when he was 19 years old, achieving incredible success under the tutelage of current United boss Louis van Gaal.

An underwhelming move to Juventus followed. Van der sar flopped in Italy but retained his spot in the Dutch national team with consistently good performances. He underwent a renaissance when he unexpectedly joined Fulham in 2001 and joined United when he was 34, playing for the club until he was 40.

He ended a post-Schmeichel curse that saw United go through a spate of below-par goalkeepers following the departure of the Danish legend in 1999. Now Van der Sar will help his old side out in their time of need for their game against Jordan Boys in the Dutch fourth division in what their technical director assumes will be a once-off.