May 16, 2021

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Van der Sar addresses talk of succeeding Woodward at Man Utd as Old Trafford return is mooted


The legendary former Red Devils goalkeeper isn’t ruling out anything, as he continues to play a role at Ajax, but says no approach has been taken.

Edwin van der Sar leaves the door open for a return to Manchester United, but the legendary former Red Devils goalkeeper says he has not been approached to succeed Ed Woodward at Old Trafford.

A divisive executive vice-president is preparing to leave the most important positions in English football.

Various candidates are urged to follow in his footsteps, Van der Sar – who is currently managing director of Dutch champion Ajax – among those who saw a move to Manchester hinted at.

What was said?

Van der Sar said ESPN of speculation linking him to United: “It’s not new to me, my name has been around for a long time.”

He added on his future, without anything being excluded at this stage: “[With] the work and the pressure, you should have a feeling with the club.

“I could do the things Ronald de Boer does – he works for us at Ajax and also here for you guys. He has more freedom than I do, he has a good life.

“The pressure is different and I will not work at a club where I have no feelings. I could only do it for Ajax or United. I would not work for any other club.

“I’m really happy with the way we have [developed] Ajax in recent years. Ten years ago, we had the ambition to reach the top of Europe. We have succeeded. We had to work really hard, we don’t have a wealthy landlord and the government didn’t help us. “

Have we asked Van der Sar?

While being aware of rumors suggesting he will be targeted by the Red Devils, Van der Sar maintains that no discussions have taken place yet.

For now, he is fully focused on his role in Amsterdam and on a desire to finish “in a perfect way” when the day comes for a new challenge.

He added: “A European award is something that sets me off.”

Any other business?

Van der Sar’s current position has seen him play a leading role in keeping the much sought after coach Erik ten Hag in the Netherlands.

He had been linked with a vacant leadership position at Tottenham, but has now committed to a new contract until 2023.

Van der Sar said of Ten Hag: “If he does well he could go to a bigger club.

“Everyone in the Netherlands would love to step into the best teams in the country. And when you’re there, you want to step into another country.

“We are happy that he can work with this team for another season.”

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