Sunday, February 17, 2008


Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is aiming to give Arsenal food for thought when the title rivals meet in the FA Cup this evening.

The Gunners stand five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table after beating Blackburn on Monday.

United in contrast are hurting following a derby defeat by Sven-Goran Eriksson's Manchester City.

It is little wonder Dutch international Van der Sar wants to get back on track in the fifth round in front of their own fans.

He said: "It is a massive game against Arsenal. They are usually tight games and always nice to play in.

"Like us they have great players, who want to play good football. If we play well and win it gives you a nice feeling.

"It will also give us an extra boost in that we can beat them to the title."

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson felt the defeat by City came about because the players were emotionally drained by the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash.

Van der Sar and defender Wes Brown both admitted it had been a difficult day.

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