Ferdinand in talks with Ed Woodward over United return

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has reportedly held talks with Ed Woodward about possibly becoming the club’s new sporting director.

The club are restructuring behind-the-scenes and they want to modernize their set-up after falling behind their rivals since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

It is reported that Mike Phelan is also in talks to become United’s first ever technical director but the club want another person to be in charge recruitment and strategize off-field management.

United have considered a host of names with Metro reporting this week that Paul Scholes is also being considered for a role in the set-up.

However, Daily Mail report that Ferdinand is the leading candidate and he met with Woodward to talk about his proposed role.

Ferdinand’s role could be to oversee transfer negotiations on behalf of Manchester United and be in charge of transfer policy.

Phelan will possibly work with Solskjaer to discuss targets with Ferdinand expected to take over negotiating.

Ferdinand’s background in business since his retirement is said to be a plus for United and also his knowledge of the club cannot be argued.

United have approached Ferdinand about a possible return in the past but off-field responsibilities have prevented him from returning to Old Trafford.


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