Ed Woodward says Manchester United are “looking at the potential to evolve” the club’s structure amid rumours that they could be close to appointing a director of football.
Edwin van der Sar was recently rumoured as their leading candidate to become the club’s first director of football after the Dutchman’s work as Ajax chief executive had reportedly caught the eye of Woodward.
The likes of Darren Fletcher and Rio Ferdinand have also been linked with the role in the past but an appointment has yet to be made.
Speaking following the release of United‘s latest financial figures, Woodward said: “Regarding the speculation around the head of football, we are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football side. Much of the speculation around this type of role revolves around recruitment – an area that we’ve evolved in recent years.
“As we’ve already mentioned, we feel the players we’ve signed in the summer demonstrate this approach is the right one.”
Woodward added: “Returning to the roots of our club’s ethos, of youth-led, attacking football, is the right way forward and everyone at the club – the board, the manager, the squad and all of the staff, remains resolute in our desire to get Manchester United back to the top of English football.
“We’ll continue to make the necessary investments to make this happen, across our first team players, our academy and our recruitment department.
“This long term approach to building a squad is the right one.”