Carlo Ancelotti would have been the obvious choice to replace Sir Alex Ferguson when the Old Trafford boss decided to retire to 2013.
The pair had met many times in European football and shared a mutual respect for each other and their achievements. He had also won the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea, so he would go into the job with a clear idea of what was expected.
According to The Times, Ancelotti met with Ferguson for a meal in Paris during the spring of 2013 in which they discussed the soon to be vacant position at Old Trafford.
However Ferguson was too late, as Ancelotti told The Times:
“I had already spoken to Real Madrid,”
“For the experience, a manager has to go to Madrid. If it hadn’t been for that, I would have come, 100 per cent.”
The job eventually fell to Everton manager David Moyes, the so called ‘Chosen One‘ who lasted just ten months before being sacked and was replaced by Louis van Gaal.
Ancelotti was reportedly interested in replacing the Dutch coach this season, should the opportunity have arisen. However if the position should become available this summer, Manchester United have once again missed out on the Italian as he will replace Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena instead.
Had Manchester United acted quicker in 2013, it could all have been so different.