Fjortoft: van Gaal at United 'historic mistake' - his suggestion? Not Mourinho

Carlo Ancelotti

Media pro Fjortoft doubts suitability of Louis van Gaal for Manchester United job, and prefers a former Chelsea manager over the current one.

If Manchester United are looking at a long-term strategy then they ought to employ a full-time manager who understands the historical significance of the class of '92 - and that man would not be primary coaching target Louis van Gaal, says Jan Aage Fjortoft, as the Dutchman would want "full power".

Fjortoft is high on the managerial nous of Borussia Dortmund leader Jurgen Klopp and understands the attraction of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, yet believes the "perfect" candidate is Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti due to his past at the Blues - where he won a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010 - and the cultural intelligence he has.

Fjortoft said: "The perfect manager for Manchester United is Ancelotti because he knows English football and has the cultural intelligence. If Untied had a free choice, I'd even put Ancelotti ahead of my favourite - Jurgen Klopp - due to the Italian's experience."

Members of the Class of '92 currently at Stretford include interim manager Ryan Giggs, coaches Phil Neville and Nicky Butt as well as recently reintroduced Paul Scholes. That foursome - who have 2,453 matches and 61 winners medals between them - could be enhanced by the addition of Gary Neville, suggests Fjortoft, who could take on a director of football role.

"Gary Neville could be the class leader," he said.

As for van Gaal, it is suggested he would not understand the significance of these five figures in Manchester: "Van Gaal's weakest point is that he fears anyone who could threaten his wish for full power. And if United let Class of '92 go it would be a historic mistake."

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