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Ferdinand emerges as a top candidate for United’s role

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Rio Ferdinand has emerged as one of the top candidates to become Manchester United’s first sporting director, according to Sky Sports News.

United’s recent slump has been a major concern with calls for a major overhaul in the squad the subject of discussion among United fans.

And it’s believed United want a candidate who understands how the club works, making former defender Ferdinand an attractive candidate.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United holds the Premier League trophy at the start of the Premier League trophy winners parade on May 13, 2013, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The former Leeds man spent 12 years at Old Trafford where he made 455 appearances for the club, winning six Premier League titles, the Champions League and two League Cups.

The person who fills the newly-created sporting director role is expected to focus on the transfer market, the academy and supporting the management team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was appointed as United’s permanent manager last month, is willing to work with a sporting director and has been involved in discussions regarding the recruitment.

RB Leipzig’s head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is another candidate linked to the job having previously worked for Southampton and Tottenham.