Legendary goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar wished fellow Dutchman and Newcastle Untied shot-stopper Tim Krul a happy birthday on Friday, only to later retract his wishes.
Van der Sar was handing out birthday messages on Twitter to both Krul and West Bromwich Albion keeper Ben Foster, wishing them clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.
He then realised that Krul’s Newcastle were up against his former club Manchester United this weekend, and went back on his clean sheet wish.
Van der Sar made more than 800 appearances at club level during his career for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United. He has four Premier League medals to his name, as well as two European Cups and holds the record amount of caps for the Netherlands having played 130 times.
The Dutchman retired back in 2011 after Untied were defeated 3-1 by Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley, and was replaced at Old Trafford by David De Gea.
Van der Sar’s fellow countryman Krul, has a while to go before he can even consider breaking similar kinds of records, but has established himself among one of the best Premier League goalkeepers on his day.
Krul’s Newcastle host United tomorrow afternoon with the opportunity to close the gap on Van der Sar’s former club to just five points. His manager Alan Pardew will be looking for a strong response from the players following their 4-0 drubbing by Southampton last weekend.
But EVDS did not only mess up his birthday wishes over the fact they were taking on United - but Krul is also out of the tie with a knee injury.