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Sir Alex Ferguson offered Carlo Ancelotti the Manchester United job in 2013

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All is well at Manchester United following Jose Mourinho's confirmed arrival last week.

The Red Devils have failed to find a capable successor to Sir Alex Ferguson since the Scotsman's retirement in 2013, but it seems their search is over.

David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both tried and ultimately failed, eventually facing the managerial axe as a result.

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Mourinho is now tasked with restoring United as England's elite side by steering them to the Premier League title - and it'll prove to be quite the challenge.

It could have all been so different, though - that's according to Carlo Ancelotti anyway.

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The incoming Bayern Munich boss has revealed that Ferguson approached him in 2013 but turned down his offer because of other commitments.

He told FourFourTwo in an exclusive interview: "After he [Ferguson] retired in 2013 he spoke to me, but I had already given my word to go to Real Madrid.

"Manchester United were too late. But otherwise I would have been interested in going to Old Trafford."

A missed opportunity, perhaps, given Ancelotti's renowned winning pedigree. To date, the Italian has won league titles in England, France and Italy, alongside the Champions League three times.

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How United could have done with a manager of the 56-year-old's quality upon Ferguson's departure.

Ancelotti also admitted that he would like to manage an international side when he eventually leaves Bavaria.

"At this moment I would prefer to have a club, but maybe in the future," he added. "England? Why not? I would have no problem doing that."

All is in the past for United, though, and they now have an exciting future to look forward to.

The Red Devils' squad will likely be torn apart by Mourinho in a bid to remove the deadwood and bring in a number of world-class additions capable of spearheading a title challenge.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kostas Manolas, Miralem Pjanic, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane and John Stones have all been linked with summer moves and represent high-quality signings.

Reports suggest Mourinho has earmarked Pjanic as his primary target - and it's no wonder.

The Portuguese manager will look to sell Daley Blind and Juan Mata this summer and needs a creative replacement as a result.

Ibrahimovic, on the other hand, is seemingly on the verge of signing after he ruled out a return to Swedish football, though he will only announce his next destination when he gets "tired" of rumours.

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