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Van der Sar: Ferguson said door is always open

by Richard Laverty

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says Sir Alex Ferguson always left the door open for him to return to Old Trafford as a coach.

The goalkeeper joined United for free in 2005 after leaving Fulham and went on to make over 200 appearances at Old Trafford, winning four Premier League trophies during his five seasons as well as playing in three Champions League finals.

The 44-year-old is happy in his front office role at Ajax where he now works as a Marketing Director but admits he could’ve launched a coaching career at the Premier League giants.

“When I left Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson said that the door would always be open to me. That was a nice compliment,” Van der Sar told Voetbal International.

“But I have not seen anything that I’d miss being back in the Netherlands. I am working on my second career at the club where it all started for me.

“That’s something very beautiful. And that I cherish.”

Van der Sar is joined at Ajax by other past legends such as former United defender Jaap Stam, another who was linked with a coaching move to United when Louis van Gaal was hired as manager in the summer.

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