Los Blancos are also involved in a fierce battle with city-rivals Atletico Madrid for this season’s La Liga title.
Experienced Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti is now out of the running to replace the recently sacked David Moyes in the Old Trafford dugout next season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The La Liga giants overcame the European champions Bayern Munich 4-0 in the second leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night to progress to the final in Lisbon next month 5-0 on aggregate, the first time for 12 years that Los Blancos have reached the European Cup final.
And with that showdown in the Portuguese capital against either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid not taking place until May 24, the chances of the Italian being appointed as the next boss of the Premier League champions have now all but disappeared, with the Red Devils determined to appoint their new manager by the first week of May at the latest.
All of which has now therefore opened up the path for Netherlands national team boss Louis van Gaal to take charge of United, perhaps as early as next week, with the Dutch due to gather for a pre-World Cup training squad on May 7.