Rio Ferdinand in the frame will be Manchester United sports director after talks with boss Ed Woodward
- Manchester United is considering returning Rio Ferdinand to the lead role
- He met Ed Woodward and perhaps became the club's sports director
- The Glazer family wanted to bring Ferdinand aboard since he retired
Rio Ferdinand met Ed Woodward to discuss a former England defender who may have become Manchester United's sports director Sportsmail can reveal.
Woodward, executive vice president, is seriously considering returning Ferdinand to the club for the lead role.
The joint owners of the Glazer family wanted to get Ferdinand aboard since his retirement four years ago, but personal circumstances made it impossible. However, timing may be correct.
Rio Ferdinand was built to become Manchester United's sports director
Former defender held talks with executive club vice president Ed Woodward
United is currently restructuring the club and considering appointing someone to manage the transfer strategy and oversee the negotiations while being in line with the manager.
Woodward identified Ferdinand as a strong candidate due to his United History and subsequent business experience that includes clothing company and restaurant.
United also impressed Ferdinand's analytical approach as a BT Sport Pundit, the 40-year-old offers binding opinions that come from an environment that has brought such success in Sir Alex Ferguson's era.
Ferdinand enjoyed a glittering career at Old Trafford after becoming the most expensive footballer of Britain at £ 30million in 2002.
United owners wished to get Ferdinand aboard since his retirement four years ago
Ferdinand spent a total of 12 seasons at Old Trafford, where he won six Premier League titles
He remained for 12 seasons, becoming a captain in the club and winning six Premier League titles, one Champions League, and two league cups.
He earned 81 England caps, appearing at two World Cups, and is considered one of the best center-backs in Premier League history.
Ferdinand was a teammate of United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer between 2002 and 2007.
Glazers maintain a relationship with Ferdinand from their game days and try to get him back to the club.
Ferdinand's parental responsibility made it difficult, but Woodward started the discussion to see if the circumstances might work now.
Mike Phelan (left) spoke about the position of Managing Director at Manchester United
United wants to use her rich heritage in a way similar to Ajax, where Edwin Van Der Sar is Managing Director and Marc Overmars is Football Director.
As he revealed last week SportsmailMike Phelan also conducted talks with United on the position of Technical Director, which is focused on maintaining standards at Carrington and the Academy's leadership.
Darren Fletcher's name has been mentioned as a supplement in this area as well. It is not clear how the resulting structure will form.