Van der Sar returns to training

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has returned to training with his Old Trafford team-mates.

The 38-year-old has been sidelined since the summer after breaking a hand during a pre-season penalty-shootout against Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup.

And despite reports surfacing that the veteran glove-man is close to retirement, he has reiterated his desire to stay at the club until they achieve Champions League glory once more.

“I don’t want to pack it in. I have the hunger to win the Champions League again. It does not matter that I won it in the past,” he said.

"The season could not start soon enough for me and it was unfortunate I got injured.

“As a player you know what you have got at United because of all the staff around Fergie. They are all great people.

"The trick is that as a player here, you know you are employed by a multi-million pound football company, but inside it feels as if you are surrounded by family.”

The Dutchman also praised understudy Ben Foster, who has deputised between the sticks in his absence, but underlined his desire to resume his role as the Red Devils' No.1 stopper upon his return to match fitness.

“I think Foster has done well as my replacement, but I still work as hard as all the others at training, whether I’m old enough to be their dad or not,” he said.