Manchester United view former keeper Edwin van der Sar as a candidate to fill the new Director of Football role at the club next year, according to reports.
Ed Woodward will follow the suit of most top clubs by instilling a Director of Football role at Old Trafford next year following a poor summer transfer window during which the club failed to sign a senior full-back, a wide attacker, or a central defender.
Roma’s Monchi, Juventus’ Fabio Paratici and Serie B side Novara’s Domenico Teti have all been sounded out as options.
But according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, Van der Sar, who won seven trophies in six seasons at Old Trafford, is also being considered as an option by Ed Woodward.
The Dutchman has been notably busy in retirement: founding and donating to charities, working as an analyst on Dutch TV, playing in Soccer Aid, just generally keeping himself occupied.
His most notable role, however, is unquestionable the one he has taken up with Ajax, his boyhood club. He was appointed as a marketing director at the club in 2012, using the experienced he gained from travelling the world with United to strike deals, before being promoted to CEO two years ago.
He is a universally liked individual with plenty of contacts in Manchester, along with a very good brain. But whether or not his recent experience in the commercial sector qualifies him to oversee United’s transfer strategy remains open to question.