Eric Cantona

MANCHESTER UNITED are set to appoint a
new sporting director this summer to assist Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer
transfer window.

Here, SunSport looks at 10 top
candidates who are being assessed by Chief Executive Officer Ed Woodward.

Rio Ferdinand

FORMER United captain has already met
Woodward for talks after moving into punditry.

Rio won plenty of trophies with
Solskjaer and the pair could be a potent partnership once again.

Eric Cantona

MAD-CAP Old Trafford favourite would
be a popular choice among fans.

Cantona has long called for United to
return to their old attacking ways and would be sure to target exciting

Gary Neville

FLOPPED as a manager but clearly knows
his stuff when it comes to United.

Neville has been brutal in his
analysis of the club’s decline and would surely steer Solskjaer in the right
direction when it comes to find players with a strong mentality.

Fabio Paratici

HAS been sporting director at Juventus
since 2010, leading them to eight consecutive Serie A titles since 2012.

Responsible for signing gems including
Paulo Dybala, Paratici has the experience necessary to get United back to the
summit of English football.

Paul Mitchell

FORMER Tottenham scout is in charge of
recruitment at RB Leipzig, providing them with exciting youngsters to achieve a
second-place finish in their first-ever Bundesliga season.

Is a dab hand at spotting the newest
talents and would also like to promote players from United’s academy.

John Murtagh

HEAD of youth development at Old
Trafford, becoming sporting director seems like a natural step forward for

He knows the club inside-out and his
expertise could help bring through the likes of Mason Greenwood.

Edwin Van Der Sar

ONE of English football’s greatest
goalkeepers, Van der Sar is now enjoying life as CEO at Ajax.

The Dutch giants are in the Champions
League semi-finals and have come on leaps and bounds in during his time at the

Paul Scholes

REMAINS one of United’s favourite
sons, although has failed to convince anyone of his managerial credibility
after an ill-fated stint at Oldham.

Scholes does care deeply about the
club though, and his advice would surely only benefit fellow Treble winner

Michael Zorc

A DORTMUND legend, United could
struggle to convince Zorc to leave his favourite club.

However, the sporting director is one
of the best in the business and could help United land wonderkid Jadon Sancho.

Peter Schmeichel

UNITED’S best-ever shot-stopper,
Schmeichel has already made it clear he would like to be considered for the

Has the drive and spirit to help Solskjaer
find the right balance in his rag-tag squad.


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