Rio Ferdinand has met with Ed Woodward to discuss him possibly becoming Manchester United’s sporting director.
Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is seriously considering bringing Ferdinand back to the club in a major role. He wants to finalise an appointment before the start of next season.
United are currently restructuring the club and weighing up appointing someone to guide transfer strategy and oversee negotiations while being in tune with the manager.
United owners, the Glazer family, have been keen to get Ferdinand on board since his retirement four years ago. But personal circumstances made that unworkable. However, the timing could now be right.
United want a candidate who understands how the club works. Which makes Ferdinand, who spent 12 years as a player at Old Trafford, an attractive candidate.