Report: Ancelotti would accept Manchester United job, on one condition

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

Could Carlo Ancelotti be the next Manchester United manager?

Could Carlo Ancelotti make his return to the Premier League with Manchester United?

The Guardian report Ancelotti is keen on managing in England again, and is tempted by the lure of Old Trafford.

There is one condition to this however, and it is that the Italian refuses to take over at any side mid-season.

That means no matter how bad it gets under Louis van Gaal over the remainder of the season, if United want to swap him for Ancelotti, it would be a non-starter until next summer.

On the pitch the team's lack of attacking flair and pace is very frustrating watch for supporters, who had to endure a goalless draw against West Ham at the weekend, just like the 0-0 against PSV a week and a half earlier which put the club under huge pressure to beat Wolfsburg away in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition is a very real possibility, and Van Gaal's future at the club could be directly affected by it.

Ancelotti is quoted: "I will continue to wait. If I don’t find a club with a good project, I can wait. What will I do? Watching games, fishing, all these things.

“But let us see next summer. I will not take a job in mid-season, but I would like to work again next summer. Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United."

Next summer United will have one year left on Louis van Gaal's three year contract, and will need to make a decision.

Do they sack the Dutchman and take a gamble on Ancelotti? Or should they give Van Gaal the full three years as promised, and hope to tempt Pep Guardiola if he takes a year sabbatical, but at the same time gambling that an Arsenal or Manchester City will not make a bold move themselves to appoint him?

The answer to this very decision will play out over the next few months, but the match against Wolfsburg could have a key bearing on the possibilities, one way or another. What is clear from the Italian's comments, is that he will not be available as an instant replacement mid-season no matter the circumstances.

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