Ahead of Real Madrid’s friendly clash with Manchester United, Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti had a few words of comfort for United supporters.
The current Madrid boss was a candidate to take over the Old Trafford hot-seat after the Red Devils fired David Moyes with a number of media sources pushing him to the front of the queue.
Ancelotti, however, stated his desire to stay in Madrid and has since responded to those claims by backing United’s decision to appoint Louis Van Gaal.
“These are just rumours which always circulate about coaches. I am at a fantastic club and I have a lot of respect for van Gaal. Manchester United have chosen well. And I am very happy at Real Madrid” He said, quoted by Spanish publication AS.
Former Barcelona and Bayern boss van Gaal has taken over Old Trafford duties since guiding Holland to third place in this summer’s World Cup.
So far under the Dutchman’s guidance, the Premier League outfit have enjoyed a fruitful pre-season campaign, thrashing LA Galaxy 7-0 before overcoming Italian duo Roma and Inter Milan.
Pre-season friendly matches, however, are a far cry from the rough and tumble of the Premier League though Carlo Ancelotti believes van Gaal has all the experience needed to be a success.
“He is a very experienced coach. He has done fantastically well in other countries and he has done a good job with the Dutch national side. He doesn’t have to learn anything because he already knows what he’s doing.”
After finishing seventh in an utterly disappointing campaign last season, van Gaal will be tasked with at least returning the club to Champions League football after being backed heavily in the transfer market.
Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have joined the club, and if reports are to be believed, a record-breaking deal to bring in Juventus star Arturo Vidal could also be in the pipeline.