Fergie offers glowing words for Ancelotti

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ferguson a big fan of the Real Madrid boss
Ferguson a big fan of the Real Madrid boss

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has poured praise on Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti and suggested he could walk into any job in world football.

Ferguson's glowing tribute to the coach who led Real Madrid to Champions League glory last season will fuel rumours that the Italian could be a candidate to succeed United boss Louis van Gaal at some point, with the 55-year-old Italian clearly finding himself a big fan among the Old Trafford hierarchy.

"For me, Carlo is one of the best coaches I've ever come across and one of my biggest opponents," stated Ferguson, who opted not to pursue interest in Ancelotti when he appointed David Moyes as his successor in the summer of 2013.

"Carlo is a top man. I was over at the Real Madrid game with Schalke and he was fantastic.

"He came up and he knew Darren (Ferguson's son) had lost his job at Peterbrough and said: 'Why doesn't Darren come and spend a few days at Real Madrid training? It will do him the world of good'.

"He was fantastic. I can't say enough about that man. He is top drawer, a fantastic human being and a great coach."

Meanwhile, Ferguson has backed Brazilian superstar Neymar to prove himself to be a worthy success to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world.

Barcelona star Messi and Real Madrid hero Ronaldo have dominated the FIFA World Player of the Year award ceremony in recent years, with Ferguson suggesting the only player capable of threatening their status is Barcelona star Neymar.

"The boy Neymar gets a lot of publicity about the potential he's got, but I think that's still to be seen, still to be fulfilled," Ferguson said in an interview with SiriusXM FC

“Certainly, most people I speak to speak highly of the boy. When I had Anderson at United, he spoke volumes about the boy's ability.

“So hopefully he'll be the next one who'll produce the type of talent we see in Messi and Ronaldo.”