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Edwin van der Sar discusses replacing Ed Woodward at Old Trafford

Manchester United former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has been talked about as a potential successor to Ed Woodward for the post of executive vice-chairman of the club.

Amidst the European Super League saga, Woodward announced that he will leave the club at the end of the year.

People have been speculating about who can be his replacement. Many deem van der Sar, who is the current CEO of Ajax, to be the best fit for the job.

Talking on ESPN Netherlands’ “Goedemorgen Eredivisie,” van Der Sar clarified that he has not been approached for succeeding Woodward at the Theatre of Dreams. 

However, he admitted that he will only work for Ajax or Manchester United because he has “feelings” for both clubs.

He said: “It’s nothing new for me, my name circulates there for a long time.

“[With] the work and pressure, you should have a feeling with the club. 

“The pressure is different and I won’t work at a club where I don’t have a feeling. I could only do this for Ajax or United. I would not work for any other clubs. 

“I am really happy with how we have [developed] Ajax in the last couple of years. We had ambitions 10 years ago to reach the top of Europe.

“We have reached that. We had to work really hard, we don’t have a rich owner, and the government didn’t help us.

The legendary shot-stopper also confirmed that United did approach him “a couple of years ago” about a role. 

Van der Sar is highly regarded by the United faithful. 

He spent six years at the club under Sir Alex Ferguson in an era that saw United win three league titles in a row as well as the Champions League, and is well aware of the club’s culture and history.

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