Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a surprise candidate to take the helm at Old Trafford.
Manchester United intend to make a long-term appointment ahead of the next season, with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag on shortlist. However, the Premier League giants are also exploring contingency plans.
New United chief executive Richard Arnold has sought advice from Sir Alex Ferguson since replacing Ed Woodward in February. And as per ESPN, the legendary manager has recommended United to consider Ancelotti if they miss out on Pochettino.
The former Chelsea boss, who has a close personal relationship with Sir Alex, is seen as someone who could be successful during a short stint due to his extensive experience. Real Madrid have seen instant success under his management despite exits of key players in Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane before the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
His track record of managing squads full of high-profile players is also valued. During his previous spell in the Spanish capital, he won the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo, who is struggling for form at United and might welcome Ancelotti’s appointment.
However, the right time to hire the 62-year-old was in 2013 following Sir Alex’s departure. The Red Devils shouldn’t repeat their mistake of appointing a former Chelsea manager who is past his best and throw everything at signing a progressive manager.