Rio Ferdinand claims he has spoken to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about the sporting director position the club are trying to fill.United have long been keen on a structural change that would see the club hire someone to oversee football operations, allowing Woodward to focus on the commercial side.Initially, the club were thought to be hopeful of making an appointment ahead of the close-season transfer window, allowing the new hire to instigate necessary changes to the playing staff. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite plenty of speculation linking people with the role, things have gone cold in recent months and a recent report claimed the club have stalled on hiring someone, with Woodward set to remain in charge of transfers for the time being.However, former United star Ferdinand has not been shy in declaring his desire for the position and says he has discussed the job with Woodward.21st May Rain In Moscow… what a NIGHT, what a TEAM! #MUFC #TEAM pic.twitter.com/8SvI1T5SFx — Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 21, 2019 “I’ve always spoken to Ed since I left, anyway. I had that type of relationship with him,” Ferdinand told BBC Sportsweek.”I’ve not seen him at a game, so all the chats I’ve had with him have been on the phone or I go and see him when I’m in London.”I’m not the type to dilly-dally around. I’ve seen the stuff in the papers. ‘What’s that role about?’ I’ve asked that question – so yes, I have spoken to him.”I’m very honest and Ed’s open and honest with me. Manchester United and the powers that be will decide as and when they are going to put someone into that role.”If I am the person on that list and the person they are going to talk to, then that time will come.”It’s nice to be on a list in such a responsible role at such a prestigious club. If the call comes I will say, ‘thank you very much for that’, but if that call doesn’t come, I’ll not lose sleep over it.”Ferdinand won 14 major trophies during his United playing career, including six Premier League titles and the European Cup.The 40-year-old has taken up a role as a pundit since retiring from football in 2015, covering Premier League and Champions League matches for BT Sport while also working with the BBC. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.