Van der Sar dismisses United technical director rumours

Van der Sar said he is happy with his current role at the Eredivisie champions.

In Summary

• United are hunting someone to aid Ed Woodward in the transfer market.

• The former Dutch goalkeeper played for both Ajax and Manchester United.

European Club Association (ECA) Vice-Chairman Edwin van der Sar
European Club Association (ECA) Vice-Chairman Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar has spoken of his ambitions for Ajax amid rumours linking him with a return to Manchester United as technical director.

The former United goalkeeper, who is now the chief executive at the Dutch club, is reportedly the prime target as the Old Trafford outfit continue their long search to fill the crucial off-field post. United are thought to want to bring in a footballing figure to oversee their transfer policy.

Van Der Sar, 48, has played a key role in Ajax’s resurgence in recent years, which included reaching the Champions League semi-finals last season.

But the Dutchman did not fuel speculation linking him with United when speaking to reporters after playing in former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany’s testimonial at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Van Der Sar, who played for United from 2005-11, said: “I am enjoying my time at Ajax. I’ve got a different role ­— chief executive. I am really looking forward to bringing Ajax back to the European top level - that we probably touched last year - and to make sure we get the best opportunity to stay there.”

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand has also been linked with a role upstairs at Old Trafford, as the club attempt to help executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in future transfer windows.