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The Dutch goalkeeper wants to help the Red Devils do what Ajax failed to in the 1990s by winning back to back trophies with a victory against Barcelona in the final on Wednesday...

Edwin van der Sar has admitted that the prospect of achieving legendary status is a fantastic incentive for Manchester United to beat Barcelona in the Champions League final on Wednesday.

Not one club has successfully defended the trophy since the European Cup became the Champions League in 1992, so the Red Devils have the opportunity to be the first when they face la Blaugrana in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Indeed, the last team to have secured back to back victories in the tournament were Ajax when they won it in 1971, 1972 and 1973.

The Dutch goalkeeper came close to doing so when he played in goal for the Godenzonen in the 1990s, but after beating Milan in 1995 they lost to Juventus on penalties in 1996.

The 38-year-old admits that defeat was painful, but he insists he is just looking forward to Wednesday's game and hoping to emulate his former club's success in years gone by with his current employers.

"If you succeed on a certain level for a long period of time then you get a lot of recognition and that's what everybody wants," Van der Sar is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"You want recognition for certain things and facts that you achieve during your professional life. If we can do it on Wednesday it will be great.

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What Ajax did in the 1970s is the big talking point. But we know the talk is about us winning it last year and becoming the first team to defend it. We have to make sure that we do it.

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I've tried to erase that memory," he added, referring to Ajax's defeat to Juventus in 1996.

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I want to forget 1996 and just win it here with United. If we can win it again it will be a great feeling for us.

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Let's hope I can put the record straight from last time. I just hope that we win the game. How we win it, I don't care.

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We will do whatever it takes to win a prize like that again. If it has to go to 20 penalties then it doesn't worry me."

Ricky Brooks, Goal.com

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