Where Are They Now? Man United’s all-conquering 2007/08 team
Edwin van der Sar
Having been instrumental as Manchester United won the League Cup in his first year in the north-west, then the Premier League in his second, Van der Sar again demonstrated his importance to the Red Devils in 2007/08.
Saving three Chelsea spot-kicks in the Community Shield shootout was a sign of things to come: the Dutchman, after recording 15 clean sheets in the top flight, kept out Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to secure the Champions League trophy at the Blues’ expense.
Van der Sar hung up his gloves after United’s 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League Final, although he did briefly pause retirement to play for VV Noordwijk against Jodan Boys in 2016. The 45-year-old saved a penalty.
With Gary Neville missing virtually the entire season through injury, Brown became Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-choice right-back in 2007/08. The Manchester-born defender provided the assist for Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike in the Champions League final, and also scored a rare goal in United’s comfortable 3-0 defeat of Liverpool in March.
Brown was sold to Sunderland in 2011, where he remained for five years before departing at the end of last term. Now 37, he’s currently working as a player-coach at Championship outfit Blackburn.