Van der Sar responds to suggestions linking with Man Utd return

Edwin van der Sar has responded to speculation linking him with a return to Manchester United, with the former goalkeeper suggested as a potential replacement for outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Van der Sar has been linked with a return to the Red Devils in recent years, speculation that has increased of late following the announcement Woodward will be stepping down from his position following the fall-out from the club’s involvement in the European Super League proposal.


The Dutchman is currently working at another of his former clubs, Ajax, as CEO and questioned on possible interest from United has revealed that he has previously held talks with the Old Trafford hierarchy.

“Manchester United? It’s always nice to read positive things about you,” he told ESPN’s Good Morning Eredivisie.

“Everyone is ambitious in life. Did they contact me? Yes, a few years ago already.”

Van der Sar has revealed he would only leave his current position for a club he has admiration for, reiterating his happiness at the Dutch side and speaking on his pride at the achievements of Ajax in recent seasons.

“I couldn’t do this job at a club I don’t like. I am extremely happy with what we have been able to achieve at Ajax.

“Ten years ago we had the ambition to join Europe’s elite and we have lived up to those words. We did that through hard work and without a rich sugar daddy or government funding to help us.”

The former Netherlands international – who won four Premier League titles with Manchester United – discussed the differences between working for the Red Devils and Ajax, admitting there are several structural differences that would have to be considered before making a potential return to England.

“What kind of CEO is Manchester United looking for? I am not your typical CEO,” he said.

“I am a CEO more for the football side of things. Ajax is very structured. Manchester United is so different and you have to work with several owners there too.

“Does that suit you or do you like your life in Noordwijk and Amsterdam enough? That is the question.”

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