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Carlo Ancelotti Reveals Why He Rejected Manchester United

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 19: Head coach of Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti looks on during the Supercopa first leg match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:  (L-R) Sir Alex Ferguson the manager of Great Britain and Ireland and Carlo Ancelotti the manager of the Rest of the World take their seats during the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF between Great Britain & Ireland and Rest of the World at Old Trafford on November 14, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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.

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