Man Utd failed in bid to lure Ancelotti to Old Trafford - report

Former United boss Alex Ferguson is an admirer of Ancelotti
Former United boss Alex Ferguson is an admirer of Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti was approached about taking over as Manchester United manager in November, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The report claims that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke to Ancelotti's representatives when it became clear he was in talks with Bayern Munich to succeed Pep Guardiola.

United were apparently sounding out Ancelotti about a possible move to United next summer, with three-time Champions League winning coach stating publicly that he was not open to offers for work in this season as he needs to take time away from the game.

Former Chelsea boss Ancelotti still has a house in the UK and has expressed a desire to return to the Premier League, following his successful spell at Stamford Bridge that yielded a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010.

United officials have denied that they made any contact with Ancelotti, as they continue to offer their full support to manager Louis van Gaal for the rest of this season at least.

Meanwhile, United made it clear that they will not be trying to recruit Guardiola to succeed Van Gaal next summer, as they believe a deal is already in place for the Spaniard to join their local rivals Manchester United.