Foremr Manchester United and England defender, Rio Ferdinand has reportedly met with Ed Woodward to discuss the former England defender possibly becoming Manchester United’s sporting director.
Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is seriously considering bringing Ferdinand back to the club in a major role.
United owners the Glazer family have been keen to get Ferdinand on board since his retirement four years ago, but personal circumstances made that unworkable. However the timing could now be right.
United are currently restructuring the club and weighing up appointing someone to guide transfer strategy and oversee negotiations while being in tune with the manager.
Woodward has identified Ferdinand as a strong candidate given his United history and subsequent business experience, which includes a clothing company and restaurant.
He stayed for 12 seasons, becoming captain at the club and winning six Premier League titles, one Champions League, and two League Cups.
He earned 81 England caps, appearing at two World Cups, and is regarded as one of the finest centre-backs in Premier League history.
Ferdinand was a team-mate of United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s between 2002 and 2007.
The Glazers retain a relationship with Ferdinand from his playing days and have tried to bring him back to the club before.
Ferdinand’s parental responsibilities made that difficult but Woodward has opened discussions to see if circumstances might now work.
United want to use their rich heritage in a similar way to Ajax, where Edwin Van Der Sar is chief executive officer and Marc Overmars is director of football.
As revealed last week by Sportsmail, Mike Phelan has also held talks with United over the technical director position, which is focussed on maintaining standards at Carrington and leading the academy.
Darren Fletcher’s name has been mentioned as another addition in this area too. It is unclear how the final structure will shape up.
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