Manchester United seem adamant that they won't make a move for Pep Guardiola this summer, apparently because they are besotted with Louis van Gaal and his growingly infamous philosophy.
Yes, the football may be uninspiring – even Adidas have admitted that – but Ed Woodward seems to think that his commercial powerhouse is heading in the right direction.
However, according to the Daily Mail, that was very much not the case back in November when the executive vice chairman made contact with Carlo Ancelotti to ask him if he was willing to take over from the Dutchman.
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The report claims there were talks between the two in mid-November, which, strangely enough, was before the Red Devils started on their eight-match run without a win. In fact, November was actually an unbeaten month with three wins and two draws in all competitions.
But there was trouble brewing. A 0-0 stalemate against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford left them facing a disastrous exit from the Champions League, which would be realised the very next month against Wolfsburg.
Too little, too late
As a result, it is possible that Woodward was only starting to put plans in place should he need to dismiss Van Gaal. With Ancelotti widely considered to be one of the world's top managers, he was the natural choice as his first port of call.
Regardless of what Woodward was planning, Ancelotti told the Old Trafford chief that he was too far down the line with Bayern Munich and would not consider a counter-offer. A deal with the Bundesliga outfit has since been agreed and announced.
The supposed contact with Ancelotti suggests that Woodward is very aware of the situation at Manchester United, but it is believed that he is desperate to see the Dutchman become a success. Reason being that it was Woodward's decision to appoint Van Gaal and success under the Dutchman would also equal success for him.
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