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Manchester United have been left on red alert following Marc Overmars' comments on his and Edwin van der Sar's future availability.
The Ajax director of football works closely with United's Champions League hero of 2008 – who is currently the side's CEO.
Van der Sar has long been linked with a return to Old Trafford to take up a position that doesn't currently exist.
United are one of the few big sides in football that don't have a director of football. Currently Ed Woodward, Matt Judge and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversee any potential recruitment into the club.
It's a position that many see crucial in a club to help bridge the manager's needs with that of the owner's.
Overmars has hinted that both he and Van der Sar won't be staying at Ajax forever and United would be foolish to look past his comments.
“When I was appointed in this job at Ajax I knew I only wanted to stay for three or four years maximum," Overmars told the Mirror.
“I have been here eight seasons now! For me – but just as much for Edwin – it is sure that we are not going to carry on here until we are 60.
“This job at Ajax is costing too much energy. The whole of the Netherlands is constantly on my back and has an opinion about us.
“The job has brought a lot of great things too. Edwin and I are proud that we have brought Ajax back where it should be in Europe.
“We have a special bond. The best thing is that we enjoyed the great 1990s as players together.
“At the time you don’t realise how special that is. Now, 25 years later, we have achieved the same things at management level that we achieved as players.
“We had one shared ambition – we wanted Ajax to reach a European final. Which one did not matter. We managed that in 2017, and now we want more.
“We want to win the Champions League or Europa League.”
- Champions League
- Europa League
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Manchester United FC
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