Loads of Man Utd fans not convinced club great will return as director of football

Manchester United have reportedly eyed Edwin van der Sar as their priority target in their search for a director of football.

Vice-Executive Chairman Ed Woodward has been trying to appoint someone to help boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secure his transfer targets for months now, but still no addition to the club hierarchy has been made.

However, according to the Mirror, van Der Sar is high up on the list of targets for the role, in which he will work alongside Woodward and provide some useful and much needed football knowledge in the boardroom.

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The former United goalkeeper has greatly impressed in his current role at Ajax, where he has contributed to the developments of key talents such as Matthjis de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong as well as earning the club £220m from transfers.

Although van der Sar seems the most suitable option, given his experience of both the club and the role itself, there are concerns amongst United fans over the reports.

Firstly, the Dutchman has done such a fantastic job at Ajax that there are question marks over whether he would return to Old Trafford in the first place, given the current state of affairs.

Moreover, even with Van der Sar’s appointment, the problem of Woodward remains and there are no guarantees that he would be given the power he deserves to help turn the club around.

Woodward has proved time and time again that he is inadequate on the football side and things, and van der Sar would need promises to maintain control of the footballing decisions for him to take on and be a success in the role.

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