Carlo Ancelotti the right man for Man United job, says Ray Wilkins
Former Manchester United captain Ray Wilkins believes Carlo Ancelotti would be the perfect candidate to replace David Moyes
Carlo Ancelotti is the right man to replace David Moyes at Manchester United, according to Ray Wilkins.
The defending Premier League champions sacked 50-year-old Moyes after the Red Devils suffered a 2-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
He speaks English, knows the Premier League and I think he would be ideal
Ancelotti and Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal are the early front-runners to replace the Scot, with Ryan Giggs taking temporary charge until the end of the season.
And former United midfielder Wilkins reckons Ancelotti could be available in the summer if Madrid fail to win La Liga or the Champions League this season.
“I think Manchester United will go for an experienced manager. David Moyes was the right man last year after his time at Everton, but the name that jumps out at me is Carlo Ancelotti,” Wilkins told Sky Sports News.
“The Copa del Rey is not enough for Real Madrid, so if he doesn’t win La Liga or the Champions League, he may become available. He speaks English, knows the Premier League and I think he would be ideal.”
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.