Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Carlo Ancelotti to replace him at Manchester United last summer, but the Italian coach had his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu.
In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, Perez insisted that Ferguson was keen to appoint former Chelsea boss Ancelotti as his successor. This, in turn, suggests ex-Everton manager David Moyes was not the United legend’s first-choice, contrary to popular belief.
"Last season Ferguson asked Ancelotti to take his seat at Manchester United," confirmed Perez during the revealing interview.
Ancelotti, who helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup with a 4-1 extra-time victory over local rivals Atletico last Saturday, was still with Paris Saint-Germain at the time Ferguson stunned the world by announcing his retirement. However, it was an open secret that Real Madrid wanted Ancelotti to come in and replace the divisive Mourinho, who had agreed a return to Chelsea. The former Juventus, Milan and Chelsea coach was all too happy to oblige.
Moyes was appointed on a six-year deal last July, but was sacked just 10 months into his tenure after a dreadful debut campaign at Old Trafford which saw United go from Premier League champions to a team struggling to qualify for a Europa League spot. Indeed, the Red Devils endured their worst season of the Premier League era and finished the campaign in seventh place.
Ancelotti was again linked with the United post after Moyes was sacked; however, there is no longer any doubt that Real Madrid will keep the three-time European Cup-winning coach after delivering the title Los Blancos had desperately craved for 12 years.
Instead, United have turned to the vastly-experienced Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who will begin his work at Old Trafford after his Netherlands side are eliminated from this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.