Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti could become the front-runner for the Manchester United job, with the current favourite Louis van Gaal at odds with the Red Devils over his desire to appoint up to five coaches to his backroom staff.
The Telegraph understand that Manchester United have held detailed talks with the 62-year-old, who will step down from his current role as the Netherlands head coach after this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
However, United officials are concerned with Van Gaal’s determination to install several hand-picked coaches and analysts. They are keen to see Ryan Giggs, the club’s current interim manager, retained in some capacity, while there is also a desire to see other Class of ’92 members Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville also given coaching roles at Old Trafford under the new regime.
Whether there are enough roles in Van Gaal’s thinking for the three ex-players and Giggs is doubtful. The former Bayer Munich and Ajax manager is keen to take Netherlands assistants Patrick Kluivert and Danny Blind with him to Old Trafford, while he also has people lined up to fill the roles of goalkeeper coach, physiotherapist and analyst.
Manchester United will have a better chance of luring Ancelotti to the Bernabeu, if they decide not to appoint Van Gaal, should Real Madrid suffer Champions League semi-final elimination at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich this evening.
The Red Devils would also be keen to speak to Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone and Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp over the vacancy left by David Moyes, who was sacked last week.