Manchester United have been given hope in their pursuit of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, after reports suggested that the Italian would be open to a move to Old Trafford in the summer.
David Moyes was sacked after just ten months in charge at Manchester United last week, with Ryan Giggs taking his place in the hot seat for the last four games of the season.
There's little suggestion that the Welshman is a candidate for the job on a full-time basis despite overseeing Manchester United's 4-0 win over Norwich in his first game in charge on Saturday.
Dutch boss Louis van Gaal is the clear frontrunner to take over at Old Trafford, with reports in the Netherlands last week claiming that a deal had been agreed.
While that is yet to be announced, the club could well still be looking at Ancelotti as Moyes' successor.
The Italian took charge of Real Madrid in the summer and after a slow start has guided them to the verge of the Champions League final, while his side trail leaders Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Manchester United are said to have made enquiries over Ancelotti's availability after letting Moyes go, and although they are unlikely to be able to prise him away from the Bernabeu, Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles claims that the former Chelsea boss would welcome an approach in the summer.
Real Madrid's penchant for sacking managers regardless of their success on the field means Ancelotti is willing to keep his options open according to Castles, while the chance to return to the Premier League and manage a major club in Manchester United also appeals.
Tottenham, who looked to be in pole position to install Van Gall as their new manager in the summer, have also been reportedly looking at Ancelotti should he leave Real Madrid.