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Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he rejected an approach from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson about taking over at Old Trafford in 2013.
Current Everton manager Ancelotti has started to make his mark on the club with several major signings. Indeed, the Toffees they’ve had a solid campaign so far, winning their last three Premier League games.
However, they are being led by a coach who has had an illustrious career in the sport. In fact, Ancelotti is one of only three coaches to have won the Champions League three times.
AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid are among the clubs on his résumé.
However, The Italian has revealed that he could have made the switch to the Red Devils in 2013. However, when Ferguson left, Ancelotti had almost reached an agreement with Madrid.
Remembering Ferguson’s approach, he said, “Do you want to hear from me?”
“I can say that I still have a fantastic relationship with Sir Alex, and we met when he decided [retire].
“But I was close to Real Madrid, and that’s why I appreciate the fact that he spoke to me at that time. And that’s it, there’s no other chance [to manage United]. “
Ferguson ended up naming David Moyes as his successor on a six-year contract. However, his fellow Scotsman could not last a full season.
Since then, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho have taken the Old Trafford hot seat but were unable to enjoy great success.
And what is more, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer He has been in office for two years and has yet to win a trophy.
Ancelotti salutes the respect for United
However, Solskjaer’s record could change this season, with the Red Devils still in the Carabao Cup.
Everton will meet in the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Ancelotti has said he still has great respect for his opponents.
“Yes, of course, Manchester United is a fantastic club, a fantastic team that I fought many times when Sir Alex was there, when I was at Chelsea,” he said.
“I have a lot of respect for this team, for this club, it is a historic club in the world of football like Milan, like Real Madrid, a lot of respect.”
United beat Everton 3-1 in the Premier League when the two teams met last month.
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