Ole Gunnar Solksjaer speak on Edwin Van der Sar replacing Ed Woodward at Man United

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he’d be happy if Edwin van der Sar was to return to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will lose Ed Woodward at the end of the year, with the 49-year-old’s resignation already announced. And many fans want Van der Sar to return.

Woodward announced he’d be leaving United at the end of the year in the wake of the European Super League fiasco.

He said: “I am extremely proud to have served United and it has been an honour to work for the world’s greatest football club for the past 16 years.

“The club is well positioned for the future and it will be difficult to walk away at the end of the year.

“I will treasure the memories from my time at Old Trafford, during a period when we won the Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.

“I am proud of the regeneration of the club’s culture and our return to the Manchester United way of playing.

“We have invested more than £1billion in the squad during my time here and I am particularly delighted with the progress the players have made under the astute leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team in the last two years.

“I am sure that with the changes we have made on-field and to the coaching and football staff in recent years this great club will soon be lifting silverware again. It deserves to.

“I desperately wanted the club to win the Premier League during my tenure and I am certain that the foundations are in place for us to win it back for our passionate fans.”

In the aftermath, Van der Sar has been linked with a return.

The Dutchman is a club legend over at Old Trafford having helped them win four Premier League titles during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign in charge.

He was also the hero of the 2008 Champions League final, famously denying Nicolas Anelka in the penalty shootout victory over Chelsea.

And Solskjaer, when quizzed on a potential comeback, has hinted he’d be on board with the idea.

“It’s not my department but, of course, the criteria is that you always have Man United at the front of your mind,” said the 48-year-old.

“Your job is to do as well as you can for Man United – and that is what I’m trying to do.

“And if I’m asked I’ll give an opinion.”

Protests against the Glazer family have been rife ever since the Super League collapsed.

But, ahead of United’s Premier League showdown with Aston Villa on Sunday, Solskjaer has urged fans to reconsider their approach.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the challenges ahead and see the friction ahead,” he said.

“It makes it more difficult for me and more difficult for the players.

“We have to focus on getting results and we’ve come a long way.

“We’ve got to a final now and we just want to focus on doing what we do – but doing it better.

“Hopefully the fans will see that we are working in the right way.

“I want us all to come together and unite. I will do what I can to get us one step further in Europe and one step further in the league.”

For the end of the season, Solskjaer wants to keep things ‘normal’.

“We want to keep things as normal as possible, of course, because we like to prepare for games in a certain manner,” he said.

“It’s impossible already to prepare as we normally do with only one day in between the games.

“So the prep will probably be a bit different in the hope that the off-field stuff will be kept as normal as possible.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world.

“The intensity every week against every team is so high and you get tested.

“We’ve lost points to Sheffield United and West Brom.

“West Brom beat Chelsea 5-2 a few weeks ago – and it’s a Man City v Chelsea Champions League final and we’re in the Europa League final.

“That’s a great testament to the Premier League, but we’ve got to play three games in five days and that’s impossible.”