Paul Scholes wants former Man Utd team-mate to take the pressure off Ed Woodward

Paul Scholes has urged Ed Woodward to appoint a director of football – to take the heat off himself as Manchester United executive vice chairman.

Woodward has come in for criticism from United fans in the wake of the summer transfer window in which he tried but failed to sign England sensation Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

United spent the summer chasing Sancho, but ultimately failed to meet Dortmund's £108m asking price.

United signed Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and veteran forward Edinson Cavani instead – leaving supporters feeling underwhelmed.

Although United felt they had a productive window by adding strength in depth to the squad, many fans felt they did not strengthen in the right areas.

United have been looking at appointing a director of football for the past two years, but have so far failed to find a candidate to fill the position.

Scholes is convinced they need to appoint one and the United legend said: "I think a director of football would take a lot of pressure off Ed Woodward.

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"I think Ed's very good at running the club and making money for the club, but I'm not sure if he has the knowledge of football that's required to go out and sign players.

"And clearly there's been some issue with getting deals over the line, so I think a director of football would be very good for him, just to take him out of the limelight a little bit.

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"But we don't seem to want to go down that road. Whether they've looked at people and they just can't find the right person, I don't know.

"I think someone like Edwin van der Sar would be perfect. He's done that job at Ajax, it was always a role he wanted to go into, he's been to university and studied for that role."

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