Real Madrid boss distanced himself from the United job hunt, but don't pay attention...
The Italian distanced himself from speculation, commenting: "I feel sorry for David Moyes, but that's the life of a football coach, sometimes it doesn't go well for you, and you are sacked."
Ancelotti knows this more than most. He went from winning the double with Chelsea in 2009/10 to being sacked by Roman Abramovich later.
His comments have been taken as him effectively ruling himself out of the running, but there is little actually in there to suggest he would be put off if the opportunity came around and he was available.
Ancelotti is currently not a viable contender for United to approach, thanks to his job at Real Madrid, but his comments could yet be hint into his own future at one of the most cut-throat clubs in world football.
Real Madrid's season is on a knife-edge, and failure to win either La Liga or the Champions League would surely land him with a P45. After all this is a club who famously fired Vicente del Bosque after winning La Liga.
And it's at this point that Ancelotti would become available, and then be tempted to take a chance on United.
Here are three reasons why he is the best man for the job:
Proven Premier League winner
Ancelotti has already proved he knows how to gel a winning team in the Premier League, managing just that in his first season in English football, going onto win the FA Cup too. In his second season he still led Chelsea to second place, but this was not deemed good enough for Roman Abramovich. Just in those two seasons, Ancelotti showed that his tactics were a good fit and he could adapt his Serie A honed style to another league successfully. He has gone onto produce a title winning side in France, further enhancing his reputation as a trusted pair of hands.
Track record of managing the best players in football
Ancelotti is not a player daunted by egos, his time at Chelsea proved that. But the players he has managed reads like a who's who of European football. From Gianluigi Buffon to Andrea Pirlo, to Cristiano Ronaldo to Cafu, he has a track record of getting the best out of his players. He is not afraid of making big decisions either, as he showed by controversially selling Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid last summer, a move which has done the club little harm as he has successfully reshuffled the pack.
Point to prove
From a Premier League point of view, Ancelotti was taken from the English shores too soon. The Italian lasted just two seasons yet won two major trophies, and had a lot more to give. At a club like United who have the resources to take on Chelsea, he can prove his point that they were wrong to get rid of him, and also show Real Madrid what a mistake they may have made should they give him the boot.