Former Manchester United Star Could Become Club’s First Ever Director Of Football

Bobby Charlton with Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward before the match.

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Manchester United will be eager to ride their present high for as long as they can. The ongoing seven-game unbeaten streak that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure has brought to the club will be tested further when they next face Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Despite that, there is no denying that the attacking ethos championed by the Norwegian is the way to go for United. Further, being a club legend means that he enjoys an almost irrevocable support from the fans.

It is almost a certain recipe for success to hire a former club member for an important role. Now, regardless of whether or not United hire Solskjaer on a permanent basis, they are looking to a former player for another integral role.

As per the Independent, United are interested in appointing Edwin Van Der Sar as the club’s director of football. This is in accordance with a change in the club’s hierarchy that has been in the works for a while now.


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The director of football position is one that has worked brilliantly in European powerhouses elsewhere, and given the rapport issues that the club has had with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in the past, the Mancunian giants could certainly benefit from such a role.

Van Der Sar is presently the CEO at his boyhood club Ajax. In view of this, United won’t have it easy to convince the former goalkeeper to take up the cause, as his present side may hold more value in his mind. This is despite the levels of success he achieved with United from 2005-2011.

The report also adds that the side is more eager at fulfilling this role before they reach a decision to make a full-time managerial appointment.

It goes without saying that the Old Trafford faithful would certainly enjoy a Solskjaer-Van Der Sar duo reshaping the side’s history.