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Ed Woodward picks Man Utd’s top director of football target to help seal transfer deals | Football | Sport


Manchester United hope Edwin van der Sar will agree to become the club’s first director of football.

The former Netherland goalkeeper became a club hero at Old Trafford after he was signed by former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson from Fulham.

He left United back in 2011 having won ten trophies, including four Premier League titles and winning the Champions League in the 2007/08 season.

Van der Sar is now the chief executive of Ajax, the club where he began his career.

During his reign at the Dutch club, Ajax have once again established themselves as a serious contender in European football.

Last season they knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus during their impressive run in the Champions League, before losing on away goals to Tottenham in the semi-finals.

And his work has not gone unnoticed, as according to the Mirror, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has Van der Sar at the top of his list for the club’s vacant director of football role.

Several former United players have also been linked to the role, including Rio Ferdinand and Darren Flecther, however, neither would bring the same level of experience to the job as Van der Sar.

On paper Van der Sar would appear to be an ideal fit for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as Ajax pride themselves on nurturing their young talent.

The development of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong at Ajax under Van der Sar’s guidance have seen the players go on to seal moves to Juventus and Barcelona respectively.

Solskjaer has made it clear he favours a youthful team to execute the style of football his wishes to play at United and Van der Sar could no doubt help him in that pursuit.

However, while the former goalkeeper has a strong affiliation with United, their declaration of interest in him taking the position does not mean it is a done deal.

Ajax have only recently returned to looking like they could challenge for the Champions League and the 48-year-old might also want to see how far the club can progress.

Van der Sar also reportedly has a £220million war chest to spent on players following the sale of their two star players this summer and such a large sum could enable him to acquire another class of talented youngsters for the club.

As for United, after the international break they will face an important match against Leicester City next weekend.

The Red Devils have only won one game this season and currently find themselves sitting eighth in the table.

And their indifferent start to the season already sees them seven points off league leaders and rivals Liverpool.



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