Overmars’ Revelation Mounts Pressure On Ed Woodward As Man United Continue To Misfire

Manchester United will be on red alert after Marc Overmars revealed that he is ready for a new challenge alongside his Ajax boss Edwin van der Sar.

United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward has spent three years searching for someone with the right football experience to review an Old Trafford transfer model that is fit for purpose.

Overmars, Ajax football director, is a perfect fit after building a recruiting and youth system in the Netherlands that is the envy of the world.

And the Dutchman has dropped a suggestive suggestion that will surely interest the Glazer family, which owns United.

The 47-year-old former Arsenal Overmars winger said: “When I was appointed to this position at Ajax, I knew I just wanted to stay for three or four years at most.

“I’ve been here for eight seasons! For me, but also for Edwin, it is certain that we will not continue here until we are 60 years old.

“This job at Ajax is taking too much energy. The whole of Holland is constantly on my back and has an opinion on us. The work has also brought many good things. Edwin and I are proud to have returned Ajax to where it should be in Europe. “

United have not won the Premier League in the seven years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, despite spending nearly £ 1 billion on new players.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho have been fired and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now under pressure after a poor start to the season.

Many United fans believe Woodward and chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge should take the can after a summer in which they failed to deliver main target Jadon Sancho.

The two are close friends and their relationship helped Donny van de Beek join United in the summer from Ajax for £ 36 million.

Van der Sar has been touted for a possible return to Old Trafford as the football director his old club seeks. But Overmars runs recruitment in Amsterdam, while Van der Sar operates at the boardroom level. And the Dutch duo comes as a package.

Overmars said: “We have a special bond. The best part is that we enjoyed the great 1990s together as players.

“At that moment you don’t realize how special that is. Now, 25 years later, we have achieved the same management level that we achieved as players.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani arriving.

But their start to the season has been mixed, with a loss at home to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 win by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris in the other.

“We had a shared ambition: we wanted Ajax to reach a European final. Which didn’t matter. We did it in 2017 and now we want more.

“We want to win the Champions League or the Europa League.”

It was Dutch legend Johan Cruyff who brought Overmars and Van der Sar together at Ajax.

The pair played in the Amsterdam club’s 1995 Champions League win.

Overmars went on to play for Arsenal and Barcelona, ​​while Van der Sar ended his career at United after passing through Juventus and Fulham. Cruyff wanted to put the future of Ajax in the hands of two football specialists, something that was lacking at Old Trafford.

Ajax currently have nearly £ 250m in the bank after cashing in on stars like Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Davinson Sanchez, Hakim Ziyech and Van de Beek.

But despite the big money sales, they are once again a dominant force both at home and abroad.

Ajax top the Eredivisie as reigning champions, reaching the Europa League final in 2017 and the Champions League semi-finals two years later.

The club remains committed to identifying and developing its own talent rather than spending large sums on the transfer market.

That will no doubt appeal to United owners after the club’s debts soared to £ 500 million in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Woodward is considered bulletproof at Old Trafford after continuing to build the club commercially for the Glazers despite some lackluster results on the field.

But when it comes to what United needs as a soccer club, Van der Sar and Overmars meet a lot of requirements.

source: – fcnaija