Van der Sar dismisses speculation over potential Manchester United return

Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar has dismissed talk of a return to Old Trafford as director of football by stressing he is “not finished” his work at Ajax.

The legendary Dutch goalkeeper, 51, spent six years at Manchester United before announcing his retirement in 2011. It will probably forever annoy Sir Alex Ferguson that he didn’t sign Van der Sar earlier in his career – and I recall the Stretford End asking him to stay on for another year.

After hanging up the gloves, Van der Sar returned to Ajax in a behind-the-scenes role, where he still works as chief executive. He had his hands in a number of deals involving Manchester United in recent months, including Erik ten Hag, Lisandro Martinez and Antony.

Reports this week suggested United had made contact with their former keeper over a role at the club, however, Van der Sar has dismissed those claims to stay he is not yet finished at Ajax.

Speaking to The Times, Van der Sar said: “It’s never been that close.

“I have a good relationship with the board and I had a fantastic six years in Manchester, but I’m not finished here yet.”

The fact all of our new signings have hit the ground running this season adds to the excitement of potentially having Van der Sar join Ten Hag at United, and we also must consider the fact John Murtough is pretty new to his role at the club.

United are fifth in the Premier League and will be looking to get into the top four before the World Cup kicks off next month.

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