Rio Ferdinand in talks with Man United to become next sporting director

Rio Ferdinand in talks with Man United to become next sporting director

- Rio Ferdinand could make a return to Man United as sporting director

- The legendary defender is said to be in talks with the club over the position

- His appointment would come at a time the club is set to undergo restructuring

Manchester United legendary defender, Rio Ferdinand, could be part of the club's planned restructuring next summer.

Ferdinand is said to have held talks with United executive vice-chair, Ed Woodward, over the possibility of becoming the club's new sporting director.

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According to a UK Metro report, United are undertaking a massive restructuring behind the scenes in a bid to modernise its set-up.

The club's failure to reclaim its former glory under Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have occasioned the structural shake up.

It is understood that assistant manager, Mike Phelan, is already in line to become the club's first ever technical director, with Paul Scholes also in consideration for a role in the revamping.

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Unlike the duo, Ferdinand's position could involve overseeing negotiations on behalf of United and conducting their transfer policy.

The former England international will therefore work closely with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who will be expected to identify targets for signing.

Ferdinand's impressive background in business since his retirement and understanding of the club's traditions are reportedly a plus for him in his race to land the job.

He joined the Red Devils in 2002 before departing 12 years later after claiming 10 major titles with the Manchester outfit.

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