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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 3, 2008

Van der Sar: We must learn from fightback

Veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar wants Manchester United to regain their focus on Wednesday when they face Celtic at Parkhead in the Champions League.

The Holland international was angry and disappointed at the way the Premier League and European champions almost let newly-promoted Hull off the hook at home.

United were 4-1 up and cruising but then conceded two late goals before clinching a narrow nail-biting victory.

Van der Sar believes there must be no repeat in Glasgow or they could suffer the consequences in front of a partisan crowd.

"We got a warning on Saturday,'' he told MUTV. "We have to make sure we finish teams off. We must not stop halfway through the second half and start thinking about the next game.

"You have to take it one game at a time, win it with confidence and then move on.''

United are looking to complete the double over Celtic after beating them 3-0 at Old Trafford last month.

Van der Sar is keen to chalk up another clean sheet following his experience against Hull.

He said: "For a goalkeeper and the players you do not like to concede three goals. Of course you want to win games but by 1-0, 2-0, 3-0. When you are 4-1 up, you do not expect the other side to score another two goals. But Hull are a team that never give up.''

A victory for United against Gordon Strachan's side would give them 10 points and almost certainly a place in the first knockout stage.

That was manager Sir Alex Ferguson's initial target when the draw was made in Monaco. However he faces a midweek selection dilemma as United also face Arsenal in a crucial league match at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

With the clock ticking down on his career, Van der Sar remains keen to retain his place between the posts.

He knows talented duo Tomasz Kuszczak and Ben Foster are waiting in the wings and anxious to become number one.

Van der Sar added: "I want to play in as many games as possible, although it is nice to get a little rest once in a blue moon. I realise you cannot win things with 11 or 12 players.''

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