United fans are rightly feeling sceptical about the latest reports linking Edwin van der Sar with a director of football role at Old Trafford.
The Mirror claimed over the weekend that Van der Sar is at the top of United’s list.
That makes a lot of sense, Van der Sar has the credentials. He has worked in a similar role at Ajax, where he is the CEO, and he knows United well.
The problem is that the United which Van der Sar left in 2011 is a very different club to the one he would find in 2019.
Van der Sar would face a dilemma, and as The Mirror notes, Ajax have built up a £220 million transfer chest from players sales this summer.
The Dutch side are a talent factory, who now have a big transfer pot at their disposal. He has had proven success there, while all United can offer right now is uncertainty.
At this stage we as fans need to see action, rather than words.
Countless times, United have been linked with bringing in a director of football over the past year, but there has been no progress.
The timing of this coming out over international break is also suspicious. Are the papers just filling space by recycling old rumours?
Are the club leaking the story to try and breathe some positivity into the fanbase after a poor start to the season? If that is the case, its a dangerous ploy, because anybody lesser than Van der Sar will seem underwhelming.
There is also concern that when the role is filled, it will be with a lackey to Ed Woodward, rather than an actual replacement.
This adds to the scepticism Van der Sar would want to leave Ajax for United.
Replacing Woodward with Van der Sar as chief executive, now that would be an ideal solution.
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