Ed Woodward wants Edwin van der Sar as new Manchester United director of football
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is restarting the clubs hunt for a new director of football and has reportedly made former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar his top target.
The executive vice-chairman has been looking to overhaul Uniteds approach to recruitment for some time, though paused his plans during the summer transfer window.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given free rein to go after his preferred targets, prioritising young, driven British talents who he felt possessed the right DNA to play for United.
But, according to the Mirror, Woodward still wants to bring in someone to aid Solskjaer and sees Van der Sar as the stand-out candidate.
The Dutchman is currently the CEO of Ajax – a role similar to that which Woodward has at Old Trafford – though he would be tasked with overseeing and refining Uniteds approach to recruitment.
Woodward is believed to have spoken to other former United players about roles at the club, including the likes of Darren Fletcher, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.
But none have the know-how and experience of van der Sar, who has quickly become a key player on the board of the European Club Association.