Former goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar has kept the doors open to a possible return to his former club Manchester United.
The 51-year-old is currently the chief executive of Ajax Amsterdam who has previously played for the Eredivisie side from 1990-1999. The former goalkeeper joined the club as a CEO back in 2016 and since then, Ajax have won two league titles, two league cups and a Johan Cruyff shield. De Godenzonen has also reached the Champions League semi-final in the 2018-2019 season under the guidance of Erik Ten Hag.
Speaking with The Athletic(via SportsMole) Van der Sar has said that he is currently happy with Ajax Amsterdam but could be tempted to take a new challenge in his career in future. The Dutchman has also revealed that he still has connections with Manchester United. Van der Sar said:
“Your name once in a while pops up, of course, I’ve got a connection with Man United but I’m extremely happy in Amsterdam. There’s always a next step, you want to have new experience, ‘let’s see if he can do the trick another time’ probably in the end as a player you sort of feel the urge to take the next step, new challenge, you’re on a dead track.
“For example, at Ajax, I wanted a new challenge [and] went Juventus, at Juventus I was a dead track, ended up at Fulham — maybe stayed one or two years too long — in the end, I got the deal or the transfer that could finish my career at a high then playing six years. Probably at the end, you want to go for the next challenge, but at the moment we’re extremely fine here in Amsterdam.”
Will Van der Sar end up at Manchester United in future?
Appointing Edwin Van der Sar as the CEO of Manchester United will be an exciting prospect for the Red Devils fans. However, it might never happen under the ownership of the Glazers family.
The Dutchman is doing a great job at Ajax Amsterdam and could be a perfect candidate for the CEO role at Manchester United, following the departure of Ed Woodward. However, The United’s owners have so far appointed candidates who are more efficient in the business field and appointing the former shot-stopper will be the opposite of that.
So, it will be interesting to see if the Glazers would want to give up their control and appoint a candidate who is competent in making the football decisions or not. However, it is highly unlikely that it will be the case anytime soon.