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Three possible candidates to replace Ed Woodward at Manchester United

Manchester United Chief Executive Ed Woodward looks on during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester United Women and West Ham United Women at Old Trafford on March 27, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is to step down as the club has announced. The 49-year-old will vacate the top operational role in the Old Trafford boardroom at the end of 2021. But who can replace him in his role after his departure? Here are three possible candidates.

According to The Athletic, some at Old Trafford are hopeful that Sir Alex Ferguson may return to the club. The 79-year-old is currently a consultant and ambassador for United. However, the biggest problem for him to become United chairman will be his health issues. 

United’s current technical director Darren Fletcher is another name. He knows the club inside out and would also bring a more football-heavy approach to the running of the club. The problem for him could be his lack of experience in a commercial sense. 

And finally, the ideal candidate for the role is ex-United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar. He is currently working at Ajax and is very qualified for the role. 


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