Carlo Ancelotti during his time as Real Madrid coach
Ancelotti has previously indicated an interest in returning to the Premier League after leaving Real Madrid last season but despite
being approached by United chief executive Ed Woodward back in November, rejected the offer.
According to the Daily Mail, Ancelotti refused because he was already in negotiations with Bayern Munich to take over from Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2016.
The report reads: “Ancelotti’s decision to join Bayern was not set in stone when Woodward first made contact and the Italian has made no secret during recent interviews of his love for English football.
“Sources close to Ancelotti hinted that the Germans made him feel ‘more wanted’ and that the Italian had ‘great confidence in the existing structures’ in Bavaria.”
Despite United winning just one of their last nine fixtures in all competitions, it is believed Woodward is still “desperate” to see Van Gaal turn it around, given that the Dutchman was Woodward’s top choice for the role.
Jose Mourinho is under consideration, but Van Gaal’s assistant Ryan Giggs is now the most likely replacement for Van Gaal.
The report concludes: “In the light of Ancelotti’s rejection and fears at United that Mourinho’s temperament could prove divisive, there is now a growing belief that the current assistant manager Ryan Giggs is the most likely to succeed Van Gaal, when the Dutchman eventually leaves.”