Paul Scholes urges Man Utd to turn to former team-mate to ease transfer pressure

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has urged his old team to bring back Edwin van der Sar as a director of football.

The club’s transfer policy was heavily criticised during the summer window, with chief executive Ed Woodward facing intense scrutiny.

Many have pointed to the absence of ‘football people’ in the decision making roles at Old Trafford – an issue many believe has hampered them in recent years.

United missed out on Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland in January, while they spent much of the close-season trying, and failing to sign Jadon Sancho.

And Scholes, who has been particularly damning of the club’s direction himself, feels the former United keeper would provide instant benefits in the transfer market.

“I think a director of football would take a lot of pressure off Ed Woodward, of course it would,” Scholes told Stadium Astro.

“I think Ed’s very good at running the club and making money for the club.

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“I’m not sure he has the knowledge of football that’s required to go out and sign players and clearly there’s been some issues in getting deals over the line.

“I think a director of football would be very good for him to take him out of the limelight a little bit.

"We don’t seem to want to go down that road. Whether they’ve looked at people and they can’t find the right person, I don’t know.”

Van der Sar has held a similar position with Ajax for the last four years, earning huge plaudits for the development and acquisition of talent.

Scholes hinted he would be open to helping his old team in a more casual capacity, but the dedicated role should go to the Dutchman.

He added: “I suppose you could be a consultant, on the phone, ‘what do you think of this player?’. That could always help. But I think someone like Edwin van der Sar would be perfect.

“He’s done that job at Ajax, it was always a role he wanted to go into. He’s been to university and studied for that role.

“The likes of Rio and Fletch are similar to me really, it’s more of a consultancy – what do you think of this player? Just someone to ring up and give a bit of an idea.”

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