Manchester United have failed to land current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti on two separate occasions, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The report suggests United wanted to replace David Moyes with the coveted Italian during the summer but were knocked back by Ancelotti himself before the club went on to appoint Louis van Gaal.
But Marca also state Sir Alex Ferguson flew out to Paris personally whilst the 55-year old was in charge of Paris Saint-Germain to ask the experienced coach if he wanted to be his replacement at Old Trafford.
However, Ancelotti supposedly told Ferguson, “I’m sorry, but I prefer Real Madrid”.
The story would suggest that perhaps David Moyes wasn’t always Ferguson’s or the clubs first choice if the Ferguson did indeed fly out to meet Ancelotti personally after announcing his retirement after 28 years as manager of United.
Ancelotti is ready to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu where he helped the club win their record-breaking tenth Champions League trophy in May before selling Angel Di Maria to United during the summer’s transfer window.
But if such an interest in Ancelotti still exists, it wouldn’t be a surprise should United make a third attempt to lure Ancelotti to Manchester when Louis van Gaal‘s contract ends in 2017.