Patrice Evra enjoyed a successful spell at Manchester United, where he became the best left-back in the world.
The former France international has revealed he was offered the role of Manchester United sporting director back in 2019.
He added: “I am having some important talks behind the scenes so we will decide whether I work for the club in a certain role. The problem is I want to do everything, but in life you can’t do everything.
“But yeah, a role where I can get my hands dirty. If I come back to the club, it’s not just to put my face on it, it’s because I want my club to go back to the best club in the world.
“As a player I sacrificed my life to succeed at this club, so I don’t know which role I will have but I will do the same.”
For someone who has been outspoken about the current situation at Old Trafford, it would be interesting to see what issues he would have tackled at the club, but without any experience as a sporting director I’m still unsure it would have been a good move for the club.
We also have John Murtough as football director and he was given the role alongside technical director Darren Fletcher, who has been on the touchline for games this season. It was unusual to see a technical director in the dugout, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick called upon the former midfielder for help during difficult times.
However, the problem remains, and it will take some time to address, especially if the Glazers remain in charge at Old Trafford – since it is them who drive United as a commercial force, ultimately putting football on the back foot.
Richard Arnold was recently appointed Manchester United CEO.
The only former player I would seriously consider for a role on the board right now is Edwin van der Sar.
Why? Because he is doing a great job at Ajax. That is, at least, enough experience to warrant a hands-on job.
Evra wants to become more than just an ambassador, which is great, but just go away and do something to get that job at United.