Manchester United fans have thanked Edwin Van der Sar after the club legend and Ajax CEO all but confirmed Donny Van de Beek’s impending transfer to Old Trafford.
As reported by BBC Sport, Van de Beek’s move to United is set to be finalised in the coming days after a £40m fee was agreed between the two clubs.
Van de Beek is set to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer window and the addition seems a very astute piece of business given the quality and potential of the Dutch international.
United great Van der Sar, who helped facilitate the transfer, replied to former teammate Rio Ferdinand’s tweet: “Good Evening @Donny_beek6” with the eyes emoji, with a crying face emoji.
— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) August 31, 2020
Van der Sar will be gutted to lose such a fantastic talent in the Ajax squad but will know Old Trafford is a fantastic platform for Van de Beek to fulfil his potential on the biggest stage.
According to the Guardian, the legendary goalkeeper’s close relationship with United has helped the transfer near completion so quickly.
United fans will always be indebted to Van der Sar for his defining penalty save in the Champions League final in 2008, but plenty have also thanked him for his role in allowing Van de Beek to join the club.
See some reactions on twitter below:
The hero we deserve.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) August 31, 2020
THANK YOU EDWIN, ONCE A RED ALWAYS A RED❤️ pic.twitter.com/xDF96WgGDv
— خالد الشريفي (@KhalidJN) August 31, 2020
Thanks for sorting it quickly big man. We’ll look after him, hopefully he can lift big ears too 👀 pic.twitter.com/1CdZQNMBel
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) August 31, 2020
Thanks you for all your hard work in making this happen Edwin, would love to see you back at OT as director of football, your the best man ❤️
— Paul Taylor (@boneyjoe69) August 31, 2020
Thank you legend🔴 once a red always red pic.twitter.com/jDq25dHkBm
— Momosm🔰 (@msmzali) August 31, 2020
Thank-you Edwin. I realise it is always a disappointment to see a gifted player leave your club, but YOU know better than anyone what a great club Donny is joining…. 😉 He won’t want for encouragement & support from the true Red Army. 🔴⚪️⚫️
— ⚽️ Rodney McCain ⚽️ (@RodneyMcCain) August 31, 2020