Man Utd news: Edwin van der Sar answers question about director of football role | Football | Sport


Manchester United have reportedly eyed Edwin van der Sar as their No 1 choice to become director of football – but he is happy to remain where he is.

Van der Sar is a United hero though is now CEO at Dutch outfit Ajax.

The former goalkeeper featured for a Premier League All-Stars side against Manchester City Legends for Vincent Kompany’s testimonial on Wednesday.

And after the clash, which finished 2-2, Van der Sar was asked about a potential return to Old Trafford.

The Dutchman said: “I am enjoying my time at Ajax. I’ve got a different role – chief executive.

“I am really looking forward to bringing Ajax back to the European top level – that we probably touched last year – and to make sure we get the best opportunity to stay there.”

Van der Sar is not the only Manchester United hero to have been linked with the role.

Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher are also believed to be on United’s shortlist though transfer expert Duncan Castles has sent any candidates a warning regarding Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

“The clear indication [in the summer] was that Ed Woodward did not want to cede control of transfers to whoever was appointed,” Castles said on the Transfer Window Podcast.

“The indications from some of the conversations with candidates have been that there haven’t been guarantees that the person coming in will get that mandate.

“That’s obviously of concern to some of the candidates as it looks like they’re being brought in as a front man, as a figurehead so that the club can say ‘We have appointed a director of football, we are taking steps to improve the management of the club’.

“But actually, the same people remain with ultimate say of who, what, where the money is spent in the transfer market, where the contracts are going to be.

“You then effectively have a scapegoat if things continue to go wrong.

“Of the candidates we’ve heard, Edwin van der Sar is very impressive in the sense that he has done an excellent job at Ajax.

“He is more experienced than the individuals like Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher, he’s been working in the executive area for some time now.”

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