Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has held talks with Ed Woodward over the possibility of becoming the club’s new sporting director.
The Red Devils are restructuring behind-the-scenes and are keen to modernise their set-up after falling behind rivals since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
It is claimed that Mike Phelan is in talks to become the club’s first-ever technical director but United want another figure to oversee recruitment and strategise off-field management. United have considered a long list of names with the media revealing earlier this week that Paul Scholes is in consideration for a role in the revamped set-up.
However, new reports claim that Ferdinand is the leading candidate and the former club captain has met with Woodward to discuss his proposed role. Ferdinand’s role could be to oversee negotiations on behalf of the club and to conduct their transfer policy.
Phelan will prospectively work with Solskjaer to identify targets with Ferdinand charged with negotiating. Ferdinand’s background in business since his retirement is said to be a positive for United, while his knowledge of the club and its traditions cannot be questioned.
The former England captain joined United in 2002 and departed in 2014 having won ten major honours with the club. United have approached Ferdinand about a return in the past but off-field responsibilities have prevented him from making the move back to Old Trafford. However, the club feel Ferdinand is now in a better position to commit to such a project.
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