According to various reports, Carlo Ancelotti is a potential contender to coach the Red Devils next season on a short-term deal.
Manchester United have shortlisted Carlo Ancelotti as a surprise alternative to becoming the club’s next permanent manager.
That’s according to a report from The Times. The Italian, however, is more of a backup option. Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, and Luis Enrique are the top targets at Old Trafford instead.
ESPN has added that United view the Real Madrid manager as a ‘short-term option’, a contingency plan if they land none of their top targets.
The club’s new CEO, Richard Arnold, has sought advice from Sir Alex Ferguson about the matter. The Scot, who has a close relationship with Ancelotti, has recommended that Arnold considers the Italian if he cannot lure Pochettino away from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian once told me: "After he retired in 2013 he spoke to me, but I had already given my word to Real Madrid. They were too late. Yes, of course I would have been interested in [going to] United." #MUFC
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) March 2, 2022
Ronaldo would welcome Ancelotti appointment
All signs point to a happy reunion if Ancelotti becomes the next Manchester United manager.
The duo enjoyed an excellent relationship at Real Madrid from 2013 until 2015. They won the Champions League, Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup together. Ronaldo also supplied a brilliant 112 goals and 46 assists in 101 games for Real Madrid during this period.
“He’s like a big teddy bear, he’s really sensitive and is a great guy,” Ronaldo told Marca in 2015 about Ancelotti.
“He would speak with us every day, but not just with me, with all of the players. He had great fun with us. He’s a great person and my only wish is that every player gets the chance to work with him because he’s such a great guy and a fantastic coach.
“I miss him a lot. I want to work with him again, but I’m doing fine now too. I’m working with a new coach and I’m happy now too. But it’s great to have these good memories of him.”