Carlo Ancelotti Was Man United’s First Choice to Replace Sir Alex Ferguson

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Manchester United said to have approached Ancelotti before Moyes.

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Manchester United are said to have approached PSG and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti before deciding on David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Italian is now likely to leave PSG to take over at Real Madrid this summer, but had been United’s first choice to replace the retiring Ferguson as manager at Old Trafford.

Sources in France say that Ancelotti was flattered by the opportunity, but rejected it. Other big names such as Jose Mourinho had also been linked with the role, but it finally went to the rather more modest name of Moyes from Everton.

With Ancelotti likely to replace Mourinho at Real Madrid, it could mean the return of the ‘special one’ to Stamford Bridge, with the Portuguese tactician seen as the preferred candidate to take over from Rafael Benitez next season.

Benitez himself has been linked with PSG, which would complete a real managerial merry-go-round if the current Blues interim boss were to take the role in Paris.

Ancelotti’s brief spell in the Premier League brought great success, when as manager of Chelsea he won the league and cup double in his first season, before being one of many to be harshly axed by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

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