Manchester United given three reasons why Edwin van der Sar would be a ‘perfect’ appointment

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Former striker Louis Saha has urged Manchester United to do all they can to tempt Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar back to Old Trafford as director of football – despite the former goalkeeper insisting that he is happy in the Netherlands.

United, who will be looking to keep their hopes of winning their Europa League group alive when they face Sheriff Tiraspol in their penultimate group game at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, have been linked with bringing the 51-year-old back to M16 to take up an upstairs role. The former shot-stopper has been CEO at Ajax since 2016 and has been at the heart of much of their recent progress as a club.

Van der Sar, who spent six years at Old Trafford during his playing career, worked with Erik ten Hag throughout the latter’s tenure as Ajax manager and it has been claimed that the United boss is keen to be reunited with him and form a similar working relationship. Between them, they oversaw a great job at Ajax and many Reds supporters hope that Van der Sar, one day, could be tempted into being reunited with the Reds boss.

Asked if Van der Sar would be a good addition for United off the pitch, Saha, speaking to GGRecon, said: “Completely, yes. This guy is such a smart lad.

“He’s very honest and he has total dedication to his players. Being the CEO of Ajax and understanding the parameters you have, and I say this with all due respect, but you’re helping all these young talents get moves to even bigger clubs and that’s been the formula of Ajax for many years.

“They’ve become such an attraction for young players due to this.

“I hope Manchester United really push for Edwin because he’s the perfect profile for the position because he knows the club inside-out, he wants to improve youngsters and make good business for the club he represents.”

Van der Sar, however, has recently pledged his future to Ajax, insisting that he is happy in Amsterdam and has no intentions of leaving the club in the immediate future.

“It’s never been that close,” he recently told The Times. “I have a good relationship with the board and I had a fantastic six years in Manchester, but I’m not finished here yet.”

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