A daring request from the football legend…
As Manchester United searches for their next permanent manager, Alex Ferguson has proposed an unexpected contender.
Ferguson is said to be a fan of Mauricio Pochettino but has suggested that if Pochettino rules himself out, Manchester United considers Carlo Ancelotti.
Pochettino is the current favorite for the post, but given that he is now in charge of one of the finest teams in the world, he may not want to come to Manchester for such a demanding job.
Carlo Ancelotti, according to Alex Ferguson
However, Ancelotti is currently at Real Madrid, where he is doing a terrific job, so he is unlikely to jump at the chance to leave Spain.
United are thought to be looking into short-term managerial options, with Ancelotti listed as a possible contender, while Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are the main long-term candidates.
Ralf Rangnick will have a big say in who obtains the permanent post, and the German is known to like both Pochettino and ten Hag.
Ten Hag is now the manager of Ajax, and while he has a great connection to the club, he will be aware of the constraints of managing in the Dutch league, as well as what he might potentially do if he came to a club the size of Manchester United.
Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid in the summer after a decent but brief stint at Everton, where he is doing precisely what he was brought in to do.
Madrid is six points clear at the top of the table and will win La Liga unless Sevilla performs spectacularly over the following 12 games.
His team is 1-0 down against PSG in the Champions League after one leg, but given the talent he has at his disposal, he will go into the game next week believing they can win.