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Manchester United are set to welcome a new boss this summer after Ed Woodward handed his notice in earlier this month.
No matter the reasons behind his exit, this is a chance for United to bring someone in who’s not only business minded but equally football minded.
Enter Edwin van der Sar. Who better to take over from Woodward than a former United player who has won the Premier League, Champions League and is adored by the fans. Add to this the fine work he’s done in the same role at Ajax and you would think it’s a match made in heaven.
However, there’s something of a club tradition standing in the Dutchman’s way.
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The last three chief executives at United – Woodward, David Gill and Peter Kenyon – have all been appointed internally.
If history repeats itself then it would be managing director Richard Arnold who would assume the position.
Arnold and Woodward have known each other since the 90s, when they went to University together and the former has been at the club since 2007.
The MEN have also reported that it’s likely Woodward will choose his successor. Given the aforementioned information it seems like the appointment is only going to go one way.
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But does it make sense? United need to think about breaking any sort of club tradition if they want to change success at the club.
Former United striker Louis Saha has already given Van der Sar his blessing.
“I love Edwin. I loved him when he was a teammate of mine at Fulham and later at United and I’ve seen what he’s done at Ajax. I couldn’t love the guy more,” Saha told 888Sport.
“He has always been advanced – always forward-thinking. As a player, he always reassured me because here was someone who wouldn’t take a light decision and he is still the same today.”
And prior to United’s Europa League semi-final tie against Roma, Paul Scholes summed up the Woodward situation perfectly.
“Look the Glazers, they chose a man [Woodward] to represent them, to run the football club who’s brilliant at making money. Funnily enough. Exactly what they want. Brilliant,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“But has the football side been neglected through that. I don’t think Ed is a football man. I think the man before, David Gill, great again at making money but he was a football man. He knew what the club needed.”
Who better than Edwin?
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