The race to become the next permanent manager of Manchester United appears to be all over bar the shouting, with Louis van Gaal looking increasingly likely to be signed-up as the successor to the sacked David Moyes. However, according to reports in Spain, Sir Alex Ferguson has informed the club’s owners of his desire to see Carlo Ancelotti assume the position.
Manchester United are reported to have already agreed a deal with Van Gaal for the Netherlands coach to take the job after the World Cup this summer, although they have moved to deny the suggestion. But, claims El Confidencial, Ferguson has been pushing for the appointment of Ancelotti.
Ancelotti was reported to have been Ferguson’s favoured choice 12 months ago but the Italian had already agreed to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid. Ferguson, though, does not want to miss out again and has told the Glazers to try to bring Ancelotti to Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea manager, however, is not thought to be considering a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. Real Madrid may have struggled in the league somewhat, but they beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final and have a 1-0 advantage to take into the second leg of their Champions League last four encounter with Bayern Munich.
It does then appear to be almost a formality that Van Gaal will be the next permanent manager of Manchester United after Ryan Giggs has completed his interim spell in charge, which begins against Norwich on Saturday.