Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly recommended Carlo Ancelotti as the club’s next manager, but the appointment could go against Ralf Rangnick’s wishes
Sir Alex Ferguson has dramatically thrown his backing behind Carlo Ancelotti as Manchester United consider their options for the club’s next permanent manager.
The Red Devils have appointed Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis until the end of the season, when the German is expected to move into a consultancy role with the club, following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is still the club’s preferred choice, although they could appoint Ancelotti if new United CEO Richard Arnold decides to follow Sir Alex’s advice.
It could be the second time Sir Alex has interfered with the club’s managerial appointments after David Moyes’ unsuccessful spell in charge following the United legend’s retirement.
The report comes as Manchester United’s eye-watering total manager compensation bill since Sir Alex Ferguson left has been revealed.
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Compensation total revealed
Manchester United’s eye-watering total manager compensation bill since Sir Alex Ferguson left has been revealed.
Following United legend Sir Alex’s retirement in 2013, the club has employed David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the manager’s hotseat.
Solskjaer’s departure in November came despite the Norwegian having a contract running until the end of the 2023/24 season.
His was just the latest departure to set United back financially, and the total the club has handed out since 2013 could have provided a pretty handy addition to the club’s playing squad.
Ancelotti enters managerial race
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly entered the race to become the next Manchester United manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s recommendation.
United’s football director John Murtough has reportedly approached the United legend for his advice amid the ongoing search for the club’s next permanent boss, who is said to have thrown Ancelotti’s name into the mix.
Ferguson is also said to be keen on PSG boss Pochettino, however, with the Argentinian still said to be the club’s first-choice.
But there is now said to be a growing sense that the club may have found their back-up plan should they fail to land the Argentinian.
Sir Alex’s interference
Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson’s interference in the club’s hunt for their next boss appears to go against Ralf Rangnick’s wishes.
Rangnick has been placed in interim charge of the club until the end of the season, when he will take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford, and is also said to be part of the team working on the Red Devils’ next appointment.
Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag head up the club’s five-man shortlist but Sir Alex’s recommendation has put Carlo Ancelotti under consideration.
But if the club chooses to follow Sir Alex’s advice, it would appear to go directly against Ralf Rangnick’s past comments.