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Rio Ferdinand shortlisted for Manchester United sporting director job

Former Manchester United skipper and ex-England centre-back Rio Ferdinand has been shortlisted for the Red Devils’ sporting director job.

“Ferdinand is one of the several candidates” that has been shortlisted by the club for their first sporting director with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward eager to have the position filled “before the start of next season” according to Sky Sports.

It’s understood that Manchester United want a person that knows how the club works, which puts Ferdinand in a favourite position having spent twelve years at Old Trafford and also a big fan of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“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,” reads a statement on

Former manager Jose Mourinho was against the idea of a sporting director but Freekick442 understands that Ole Gunnar will have no problem working with one.

Ferdinand retired from the game over four years ago and has since predominantly worked as a television pundit but also had plans to get into boxing.

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