Edwin van der Sar dismisses talk of Manchester United return

Edwin van der Sar RULES OUT returning to Manchester United as director of football and following Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford, as the ex-Red Devils keeper insists he’s ‘not finished’ at Ajax

  • Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has been linked with a return to Manchester United
  • However, amidst the rumours, Van der Sar says he is ‘not finished’ in Holland
  • Former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag made the move to Old Trafford this summer
  • Lisandro Martinez and Antony followed the manager in moving to Manchester 

Edwin van der Sar has dismissed rumours that he will be returning to Manchester United as the club’s director of football.

The former United ‘keeper has been chief executive of Ajax since 2016 and has impressed in his current role.

This has led to links of a Manchester United return in recent times – however, Van der Sar has played down talk of a move. 

Edwin van der Sar has been linked to a return to Manchester United but has rubbished rumours

Speaking to The Times about a potential move to United, Van der Sar said: ‘It’s never been that close.

‘I have a good relationship with the board and I had a fantastic six years in Manchester, but I’m not finished here yet.’

During his time at United, Van der Sar was integral to the club’s success and helped the Red Devils to four Premier League titles, as well as a Champions League trophy along the way.

However, unlike Erik ten Hag, Lisandro Martinez and Antony – Van der Sar’s immediate future remains at Ajax. 

Erik ten Hag made the move from Ajax to Manchester United ahead of the 2022-23 season

Van der Sar spoke about the moves Manchester United made for Antony and Martinez and said: ‘It was our opinion they should stay for another year.’

‘We gave a firm ‘no’ to Arsenal when they came first for Lisandro; we fought hard to keep him.’

The 51-year-old explained why Ajax then accepted United’s offer: ‘It was [an] economic [decision] but it was a hard one to take. We knew there was interest but not at that level and it was too late to find a good replacement.’

However, Van der Sar was not happy with how Antony exited Ajax.

‘I don’t think the way [Antony] handled it was the correct one, but it’s important all the players who leave Ajax have success because it reflects well on us.’ 

Antony (left) and Lisandro Martinez (right) were signed by Manchester United from Ajax 

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