Ajax chief Van der Sar open to Man Utd return; reveals contact

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Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar has confirmed contact with former club Manchester United.

Van der Sar was linked with the football director's job at United before John Murtough's appointment. And the Champions League winner is now being mentioned as a candidate to replace executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has announced he will leave the club at the end of the year.

Former United goalkeeper Van der Sar admits he's flattered by the interest, though is unsure if he'd be the right fit for the Glazer family - the Manchester United owners. Van der Sar has been working in the front office at Ajax since 2012, beginning in the marketing department before moving into a football director's role ahead of being appointed the club's chief executive in 2016.

He declared on Goedemorgen Eredivisie via Voetbalzone: "That is always an honour, if it is positive.

"It's not new either. My name has been around for a while, there are more and more former players in certain positions there. And everyone has ambitions.

"Have I ever been approached? Yes, a few years ago.

"Maybe I am not on their list, am I? I am not a typical CEO, I am also more of the football side. Manchester United is also a different story than Ajax. You work there with an owner who likes you, or do you like your life in Noordwijk and Amsterdam enough? That is the question."

As Manchester United goalkeeper, Van der Sar won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

- updated May 3