Carlo Ancelotti has not ruled out a return to English football and admits he has thought about the idea of managing Manchester United.
Speaking to The Independent, Ancelotti said he had no regrets about not replacing Sir Alex Ferguson when he stood down in 2013 but with Louis van Gaal‘s contract running out in 2016/17, there will be a new opportunity in the near future.
It’s clear that Ancelotti doesn’t want to rule himself out of any potential chance to replace van Gaal and how much he enjoys the Premier League.
“Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United,” he said.
“But I have no regrets about staying at Real because I really enjoyed Madrid. I would like to come back in a club with a good project, but, of course, one that is competitive.
“When I went to PSG, it was a club with a really good project. They were not a club with a tradition like Milan or Madrid, but they wanted to grow and are still on this path now. But, the Premier League is the best in the sense of atmosphere, ambience. It is also competitive, so I would like to come back, especially for the atmosphere.”
Within the space of 48 hours, we’ve had multiple reports linking Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola with United and now Ancelotti’s name has been thrown into the hat again. I suppose it’s inevitable in the press when United are putting in so many mundane performances and frustrations are beginning to show among fans.
The word from United is that van Gaal’s future is not under threat but you do feel a pivotal moment awaits United at Wolfsburg. Win and the pressure will ease; lose and there will be intense scrutiny on van Gaal’s process and where we push forward from here as a club.
One thing is for sure – these rumours linking other managers with United are only going to intensify if results, and more importantly performances, don’t begin to improve.