Spanish press: Van Gaal second choice for Manchester United job

It is being claimed in Spain that Carlo Ancelotti was the first choice for the Manchester United job.

After the disaster of David 'the chosen one' Moyes, Manchester United fans are likely feeling confident they have the right man in charge to replace the Scot.

Louis van Gaal is a manager who has won it all, is proven at the highest level, and has the contacts and reputation in the game to sign superstars.

While Chelsea's form combined with United's injuries may put the title beyond them this year, as the Red Devils rebuild, the future is looking positive.

Yet was Van Gaal even the first choice for the position? While the official line out of United would never admit otherwise, a report in Spain suggests so.

Spanish newspaper Marca claims Carlo Ancelotti was originally in the frame as David Moyes' replacement.

Their report states: "The English club's board were looking for a replacement and Ryan Giggs was brought in as a temporary solution. They needed a big name and they once again set their sights on Ancelotti.

"The answer was again a resounding no. He did not even give them the chance to meet and United finally signed Van Gaal."

It was widely reported previously that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Ancelotti as his own replacement, but he had already committed to leaving PSG for Real Madrid.

Ancelotti hasn't looked back, winning the Champions League last season, and is not only in with a strong chance of silverware this year but is poised to sign a new contract to stay at the Bernabeu.

The Italian would have been a fine choice for his previous experience, winning the double in England with Chelsea. Yet unlike last year, United do now have a world class boss in charge, and should have little reason to feel regretful.

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