Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Carlo Ancelotti to be his replacement at Manchester United last year.
From a fans’ perspective, it looked like Ferguson had David Moyes down as the only person he wanted to replace him at United and didn’t consider other options before appointing him.
However, according to Perez, Ancelotti said Ferguson wanted him at Old Trafford, an opportunity he decided to turn down in order to stay at Madrid.
“Manchester United wanted him [Ancelotti] last year. He told me that Ferguson asked him to be his replacement,” he said.
“Possibly United wanted him this year (as well) but I don’t know. I can only assure you that they wanted him last year.”
Ancelotti went on to secure the cup double with Madrid this year so his decision to stay was certainly vindicated.
Last season might all have been different for United had Ancelotti decided to take the job and the whole Moyes debacle could have been avoided, but it wasn’t to be.
However, one thing it does show is that Ferguson didn’t have all of his eggs in Moyes’ basket as was widely perceived. It was a staunch criticism of Moyes’ appointment that United seemed to choose him without considering or approaching other alternatives but Perez’s comments suggest it was never the case. That being said, it doesn’t gloss over the fact that Moyes was actually appointed at all.