Edwin van der Sar makes U-turn over pressing Manchester United role

Date published: Friday 11th October 2019 10:19 - Matthew Briggs

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Former Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar has said he would love to return to Old Trafford one day.

The Dutchman won four Premier League titles in just five years with United under Sir Alex Ferguson and has previously denied the prospect of returning to Manchester and claimed it “nonsense” only last month.

This time though Van der Sar – who currently works as chief executive officer with Ajax – has admitted he would be “interested” in a position at Old Trafford.

“Yeah,” he told Planet Futbol when asked about a possible return.

“Besides my family, my wife and kids and everything I have two loves in my life.

“That’s Ajax, who gave me the opportunity to develop, they scouted me, they gave me the chance to shine in the world of football.

“And the last club of my career, also gave me a lot of attention, recognition and everything, developed at a later stage.

“And of course I’d be interested, interested in a position.




“But I need to learn a little more here [at Ajax], develop myself further and of course eventually let’s see what the future brings.

“United is a fantastic club, there’s a great following all over the world. Everybody wants to play for them and eventually, work for them.”

United were said to be looking for a suitable sporting director candidate over the summer, with Solskjaer saying in April: “Me and Ed (Woodward, executive vice-chairman) and Joel (Glazer, co-chairman), we are looking at how can this club be ran as smoothly and as well as possible.”

Paul Mitchell of RB Leipzig, Monchi and Atletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta have all been mentioned as targets over the last 18 months, but nothing has come of the speculation with United yet to make an appointment.

And when he was asked about the situation last month, Woodward said: “Regarding the speculation around the Head of Football, we are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football side. Much of the speculation around this type of role revolves around recruitment – an area that we’ve evolved in recent years.

“As we’ve already mentioned, we feel the players we’ve signed in the summer demonstrate this approach is the right one.”

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