Manchester United may be one of the biggest clubs in the world but they are detrimentally falling behind modern standards.
Ask any Manchester United fan what they believe to be wrong with the club and more often than not they will reference Ed Woodward. The super accountant may have rocketed the Red Devils to new levels of wealth, and believe us he has, but he is seriously lagging behind when it comes to the football side of things. You know, the most important bits. Case in point: losing Ander Herrera.
Fan favourite Herrera has accepted a Bosman offer from Paris Saint Germain and is expected to join the Ligue 1 giants at the end of his current deal and Old Trafford (as per The Guardian). Something that could have quite easily been avoided if Woodward had offers him an improved deal last season instead of a one-year extension.
It is up to the club now to look at what has happened and learn from their mistakes to ensure that an isolated example does not manifest into multiple cases of critical failure.
But who best to shoulder this mammoth responsibility?
Former United stopper Edwin van der Sar would be a good place to start.
We would argue that Ajax is the ultimate birthplace for progressive football minded individuals who could drive any respective side towards the pinnacle of modern footballing institutions. Indeed, the Dutch giants are the pioneers of the beautiful game, who have for years produced and developed some of the finest talents to grace the field. The likes of Johan Cruyff, Patrick Kluivert, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Edgar Davids and more recently Frenkie De Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and David Neres. Indeed, those involved with Ajax are so good at understanding the game simply because they need to be.
Edwin van der Sar (who was reported by the Independent to be in the running for a potential role a couple of months ago) works in an environment as intense at United’s – if not more, thanks to the constant development of some of the brightest talents the game has seen. Just his experience with youth alone would make him the ideal contender, never mind his time with the club and knowledge of its core values and principles.
United fans, would you like to see van der Sar brought back to the club? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below…