Carlo Ancelotti ‘feels sorry’ for David Moyes after Man United axe

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he is surprised by Manchester United's decision to sack David Moyes

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he “feels sorry” for David Moyes after Manchester United sacked their manager.

The Real Madrid boss, who faced Moyes’s Everton side during his tenure at Chelsea, is one of the outside favourites to be named as the Scot’s successor after the announcement on Tuesday morning.

I am a little surprised because Manchester United don’t normally do this

Carlo Ancelotti

Ancelotti’s Madrid side face holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Bernabeu on Wednesday night as he bids to win the competition for a third time.

And the 54-year-old Italian said that he was surprised by the defending Premier League champions’s decision to sack Moyes, backing the Scot to return to football management.

“I feel sorry for David Moyes, but that’s the life of a football coach – sometimes it doesn’t go well for you and you are sacked,” said Ancelotti.

“I’m sure Moyes is going to get another team and another opportunity, but I always feel bad when a coach is sacked.

“I am a little surprised because Manchester United don’t normally do this.”

Carlo Ancelotti fact-file

• One of only six people to have lifted the European Champion Clubs’ Cup as both a player and coach. A combative midfielder, he helped Roma win the 1983 Serie A title and four Italian Cups before joining Milan in 1986 where he added two more league championships, as well as back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1989 and 1990.

• Began coaching in 1995 with a year at Reggiana, earning them promotion from Serie B, before two seasons at Parma. Replaced Marcello Lippi at Juventus in February 1999 and returned to San Siro as coach of Milan in 2001.

• During eight seasons in charge, won the Uefa Champions League in 2003 and 2007, but lost the 2005 final on penalties to Liverpool FC after leading 3-0. Milan also won a Serie A title, a Coppa Italia and the 2007 Fifa Club World Cup.

• Resigned on 31 May 2009 and was named as Chelsea’s new manager the following day. His first season in London ended with the club winning the league and cup double for the first time. Dismissed at the end of his second campaign, Ancelotti took charge of Paris in December 2011.

• In his one full season in the French capital, 2012/13, Ancelotti steered Paris to their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years before leaving to take over at Madrid on a three-year contract.

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