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Manchester United: Edwin van der Sar open to making return to Old Trafford

Manchester United: Edwin van der Sar open to making return to Old Trafford

Former Manchester United and Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar has admitted that he would be open to returning to the club.

The former Old Trafford number one currently operating in a chief executive role over in Holland with Eredivisie giants Ajax, but according to a report from the Mirror, has admitted that a similar role at United is of interest to him.

“Manchester United gave me the chance to make even bigger steps and develop at an even higher level. So, of course, I am interested in a position at United, Van der Sar said.

“But I think I need to learn a little bit more about myself as a chief executive at Ajax and develop myself even further. United is a fantastic club. So let’s see what the future brings.”

The giant goalkeeper was a standout performer for the Red Devils during his time with the club, being part of multiple title-winning teams as well as helping the club land the Champions League.

Van der Sar racked up over 300 Premier League appearances for United during his spell with the club, keeping an impressive 132 clean sheets along the way as he played his part in Sir Alex Ferguson bowing out of the club on a high. Now impressing in his role behind his scenes in the Dutch capital as Ajax built a team of youngsters coupled with the experienced signings of Dusan Tadic and Daley Blind to compete in the Champions League, he does appear to have at least an understanding of how to foster a philosophy at a big club, something he’s previously spoken about.

This is good news for United fans in the main considering figures in the game such as Lille sporting director Luis Campos have spoken about the need for such a role at the club, but a lot depends on if this is the direction the club actually wants to go in.

With so much talk around the club this season in relation to transfer strategies and player recruitment, perhaps it could be a good move.

Indeed, if going the way of a new chief executive with hands on the footballing matters at the club is the way the club wants to move forward, then Van der Sar could be a good fit.

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