Paul Scholes speaks out on Rio Ferdinand’s potential Manchester United return as technical director

Both Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have been linked with Manchester United returns as part of a new-look set-up (Picture: Getty)

Paul Scholes doubts Rio Ferdinand has the right credentials to become Manchester United‘s technical director and believes the position represents ‘a waste of time’.

Ferdinand is understood to have held talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in recent weeks with a view to filling the soon to be created new role at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful of overseeing a major squad rebuild this summer but United are yet to finalise the structure of their new-look set-up.

Scholes, who understands could be set for a return of his own in a coaching capacity, does not believe his former teammate possesses the right qualifications to hold a position of such authority.

‘Whether Rio is the right person, I don’t know. I don’t actually know what a technical director is, what does a technical director do? I don’t know,’ Scholes said on BBC 5 Live.

‘I think Sir Alex Ferguson always wanted ex-players involved around the club – whether it was coaching or roles above that – but it never really happened and he never really got his way in that way.

‘Rio is a really experienced player but whether he’s got the qualifications to do a role like this, I don’t know.

‘You look at people like Edwin van der Sar, he went to college in Holland to get qualified for the role he is doing now.

‘What Edwin is doing at Ajax has been amazing. That’s always the model Sir Alex Ferguson wanted and never really got.

‘It seems like a waste of time to be honest with you. I don’t understand why clubs need a director of football. If you’ve got a manager, he’s the one who buys the players.

‘He’s got a chief scout, obviously, who recommends players and he watches them and then buys them. A director of football role, for me, isn’t needed. It’s just creating jobs around clubs that aren’t necessary.

‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his chief scout, over the next six weeks, would be best to move in together and nail down everything they want, watching videos, watching games, finding out what positions they need to improve, getting to know each other really well.

‘He needs five or six big players, he knows that, he’s not stupid and hopefully he can improve the squad.’

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