Carlo Ancelotti has managed some biggest clubs across Europe in the top five leagues. There might hardly be a manager who has a CV like him in world football. From Chelsea in England to Real Madrid in Spain and Bayern Munich in Germany he has done it all.
Not only this he has also won three Champions League titles as well. He won the trophy twice at AC Milan and he won domestic titles with Bayern Munich and PSG. In the 2009/10 season, he was appointed at Chelsea and in his first season only he won the Premier League and the FA Cup.
The Italian is hugely admired by many around the globe for his personality. Ancelotti’s former players often say that he is very good at man-management. With is his achievements he is now facing a challenge he has never faced in his life. Everton has appointed him to take them into the top four and establish them as a top club in England.
Given his past achievements, it should not be surprising that there have been other clubs who have wanted his services in the past. Recently the former Napoli manager revealed that he once rejected the chance to manage Manchester United.
Why Carlo rejected the Red Devils?
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United, the Red Devils have become like modern-day teams. Earlier under the Scot, they had a permanent figure at the club but since his departure, they have been changing managers frequently.
Ancelotti was speaking ahead of the Carabao Cup against Manchester United. He revealed that Sir Alex offered him the hot seat at Old Trafford in 2013. Though the job eventually went to his compatriot and then Everton manager David Moyes.
The Italian could not accept the role because he was very close to taking over at Real Madrid. Ancelotti said “You want to know from me [about coaching at Man Utd]. I can say that I still keep a fantastic relationship with Sir Alex, and we met when he decided to stop (retire). But I was close to Real Madrid, and so I appreciate the fact that at that time he talked to me. And that’s it, no other opportunity [to manage United].“
After his appointment at the Bernabeu, he managed to deliver the La Decima. The term refers to the 10th Champions League title won by Real Madrid. They had won nine till 2002 but then they had to wait for 12 years to again get their hands on the trophy thanks to Ancelotti.
Ancelotti and Manchester United had a different journey
Ancelotti was sacked a year later after winning the La Decima. He was sacked as the following year Real Madrid did not win anything. He then took a year’s sabbatical and joined Bayern Munich. In Germany, he won the Bundesliga but his former side Real Madrid knocked Bayern Munich out in the quarter-finals in a controversial fashion.
In the season 2017/18 he was sacked mid-season at Bayern Munich due to a series of poor results. The next season he was back in his homeland Italy to manage Napoli. He stayed there for a year but next season he was sacked. Then last year mid-season he joined Everton, currently, the Toffees are flying high as they are fourth in the table. Under him, they have also signed top players like James Rodriguez.
While Manchester United decided to appoint David Moyses, who was sacked ten months later. They went for an experienced manager in Louis Van Gaal who was there for two years. However, Chelsea had sacked Mourinho and United used this opportunity to appoint him. The Portuguese delivered instantly with Europa League and League Cup.
Under him, they finished second in the 2017/18 season, which was highest since Sir Alex left the club. However, players turned against him next season and he was sacked. Ole Gunnar Solskjear has now been given the job of taking the club back on track. It would have so different for both Ancelotti and United had he accepted the offer in 2013, not only for them but for the whole of European football.