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Edwin van der Sar Reveals Interest in Replacing Ed Woodward at Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar has confirmed his interest in a future Manchester United role
Edwin van der Sar has confirmed his interest in a future Manchester United role / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Edwin van der Sar has admitted he is interested in a future Manchester United role, but insisted that he has not received any contact from the club about replacing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Var der Sar was expected to join the Red Devils prior to the club appointing John Murtough and Darren Fletcher as the club's football director and technical director respectively. And the United legend has revealed his interest in replacing Woodward following his departure.

Speaking of the rumours, Van der Sar told ESPN: "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. I could do the things Ronald de Boer is doing -- he works for us at Ajax and also here for you guys [ESPN]. He has more freedom than me, he has a good life."

Van der Sar added, "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 Dutchman then also gave his views on the failed European Super League, adding: "I think it's strange that there weren't twenty expensive lawyers hired to look in to this. And how it would be presented instead of something on a Sunday evening."

Van der Sar, who also acts as vice-chairman on the European Club Association, admitted he felt "stabbed in the back" by the breakaway clubs. He added: "A little bit. You can also say a lot about UEFA -- UEFA is in a way a commercial company. You cannot please everybody. But their plan was good for many countries, not just a few."