Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he was surprised by news of David Moyes' dismissal at Manchester United.
News of Moyes' potential sacking broke yesterday before his exit from the Premier League champions was confirmed earlier this morning.
Moyes was given just nine months at Manchester United before the Glazer family decided the Scotsman's future lied elsewhere.
Ryan Giggs has taken temporary control of Manchester United's first team affairs for the remainder of the season - while the Red Devils' top brass decide who should replace the former Everton boss.
Ancelotti would surely be one of the few managers who could fill the gap left by Sir Alex Ferguson, however the Italian tactician is said to be content with life at Real Madrid.
The 54-year-old former Chelsea manager revealed earlier today that he feels sorry for Moyes and that he did not think it was the Manchester United way to get rid of a manager so soon into Moyes' reign at Old Trafford.
Speaking to reporters in the build up to Real Madrid's Champions League encounter against Bayern Munich, Ancelotti said on Moyes: "I am sorry for David Moyes. In general this is the life of a coach 'Sometimes things don't come out well and they get rid of you and that's it.
"I was a bit surprised because Manchester United are not normally like this. It might be normal in another club but at United after 26 years I was surprised."
Ancelotti is currently the ninth favourite to become the next permanent manager of Manchester United - behind the likes of Louis van Gaal, Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone.