Is Edwin Van Der Sar Going To Return To Old Trafford?
Edwin van der Sar could return to Manchester United and became the club’s first Director of Football. Those are the latest news from English media, as they claim the same thing they claimed six months ago. Back then, Ajax were storming the Champions League and it made total sense to suggest the club could go for their former goalkeeper to join them and occupy the position Man United have sorely lacked.
But is there any truth to those reports? The most important thing to know for now is that none of the most reputable sources and media outlets covered this story today. It was mostly about the usual suspects of Metro and others that said Van der Sar is very close to joining Manchester United.
If that happens, than Man United will be making a big step forward, towards modernizing the club. Van der Sar could be a perfect option for that position, especially if he is given the freedom to operate, but the feeling right now is that there are no solid claims that would suggest that is what is going to happen. It could all be just another story that the media got wrong.
David De Gea v Faroe Islands
After that, we are turning our attention to the Man United players in action on international duty. Only two players played on Sunday for their national teams and one of them was David De Gea. Unlike the match in Romania when Kepa Arrizabalaga got his chance, De Gea was Spain’s number one today. It was an easy match for La Roja, as they hosted Faroe Islands.
The match was a procession for Spain and they won it 4-0. Goals came from two forwards, Rodrigo and Paco Alcacer. First it was Rodrigo to score a brace in the first 50 minutes of the match, before Borussia Dortmund striker doing the same in the second half, as he netted both goals in the last four minutes of the game.
Spain are now even close to officially qualifying for Euro 2020, something they are always expected to do. They won the maximum 18 points in the six rounds they have played and have eight points more than the team in third (note that top two teams from each group qualify).
Victor Lindelöf v Norway
In the same group as Spain are also Sweden and Norway. These two teams played Scandinavian derby in Sweden and Victor Lindelöf was in starting eleven for the hosts. He played the whole 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw that suited neither side completely.
Norway took the lead through Stefan Johansen in the last minute of the first half, with Martin Odegaard assisting him. Just when the match got to the 60th minute, Sweden equalized with Emil Forsberg’s goal, to seal the point for both sides.
Now the situation in their group is interesting. While Spain are clearly in front with 18 points, Sweden are second with 11, but Romania have 10 and Norway nine. With four rounds to go, any of the three teams could join Spain as the team to qualify for EURO 2020.