Manchester United legend Edwin Van Der Sar is among the contenders to replace Ed Woodward as the club’s executive vice-chairman.
Woodward had recently announced that he will step down from his post after United withdrew from the controversial European Super League.
Although Woodward will vacate his post at the end of 2021, speculation over his successor has already started making rounds.
Current United director Richard Arnold, and chief financial officer Cliff Baty are also in the reckoning to take Woodward’s spot.
A UNITED LEGEND
A product of Ajax’s world-class academy, Van Der Sar also plied his trade at clubs such as Juventus and Fulham. The Dutch legend joined United in 2005 for a fee of £2 million after his performances for the Cottagers caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson.
His most iconic moment in a United Jersey came in the penalty shootout of the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea. He stopped the telling Nicolas Anelka penalty to win United their third Champions League crown.
Van Der Sar went on to make 266 appearances for United across all competitions, keeping 135 clean sheets. In his time, he won four Premier League titles, one Champions League crown, and a Club World Cup, before calling time on a glittering career in 2011.
In 2012, he became Ajax’s marketing director, and went on to become the club’s CEO in 2016.
VAN DER SAR – UNITED’S NEXT EXECUTIVE VICE-CHAIRMAN?
The Dutchman was previously linked with United’s director of football role, which was filled by John Murtough earlier this year.
When asked about a return to the club in 2019, Van Der Sar stated that besides his wife and children, Ajax and United were his other two loves. Hence he would love to go back to United if the opportunity arises.
But Van Der Sar signed a new four-year deal to remain Ajax’s CEO after the club’s amazing 2018-19 Champions League run. This put any further rumors linking him with United to bed.
The legendary goalkeeper nevertheless remains a hugely popular figure with the club, and has excellent job credentials for the position.
United’s current upward trajectory might also motivate him to join the Red Devils. He would want to be a part of the club’s current rebuilding process and future success.