Press Rumour: Manchester United In For Carlo Ancelotti

Denis Doyle

Manchester United sacked their manager today. Carlo Ancelotti, as one of the most experienced coaches in Europe, would interest Manchester United according to widespread press rumour in England.

David Moyes was sacked today and was replaced, for the interim, by Ryan Giggs. The news of this sacking was leaked yesterday, a full day before it happened. For 20 years, Manchester United ran a tight ship and leaks to the press were well-controlled. That is no longer the case.

For that reason, rumours are circulating that, for once, could be true. One of them, is that Manchester United could try to bring in Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti.

On its face, this makes perfect sense. The manager was well-liked and hugely respected in England where he became one of the most successful managers the Premier League has ever seen, winning the double in only his first season at Chelsea. His experience at Milan, in Paris with PSG and now in Madrid makes him a natural fit with any big club.

On the other hand, there are also reports that Louis van Gaal is being sought by Manchester United. Long considered as a replacement for Tottenham Hotspur in North London (and not available until after the World Cup, in any case) he has made it clear he is sick of being a national team manager and would like to work in the Premier League. Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid is another candidate.

So for the moment, the rumours linking Carlo Ancelotti are likely only speculation and it should be expected that a manager of his class and experience would naturally be linked in the public imagination with a job as big as the one on offer at Old Trafford.

It is not likely he would leave Real Madrid. His contract with Madrid runs to 2016.

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