Edwin van der Sar sends message to Man United about backroom role

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Edwin van der Sar has admitted that he would love to return to Manchester United in a backroom role one day.

The former goalkeeper spent six years at Old Trafford between 2005 and 2011 during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, before retiring from football at the age of 40.

Van Der Sar is currently the chief executive officer at Dutch club Ajax and the former shot-stopper has now admitted that he would be open to a move to Old Trafford but only in that same role – not as a director of football.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Mirror, Van Der Sar said: “I am a chief executive – and that is a very different role to director of football.

“Besides my wife and children I have two loves in my life. They are Ajax and Manchester United.

“Ajax scouted me, gave me the chance to become their number one goalkeeper.

“Manchester United gave me the chance to make even bigger steps and develop at an even higher level.

“So of course I am interested in a position at United.

“But I think I need to learn a little bit more about myself as a chief executive at Ajax and develop myself even further.

“United is a fantastic club. So let’s see what the future brings.”

Manchester United have made a poor start to the new season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they currently find themselves in 12th place in the Premier League table.

The Red Devils have won only two of their eight Premier League games this season and they are under pressure heading into their crunch clash with Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United last time out to leave them a staggering 15 points behind leaders Liverpool FC heading into the showdown at Old Trafford.

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