Louis van Gaal will go down in history as one of the greatest football managers of all time, but it is simply not working at Manchester United for him.
United may be in the running for the Premier League title, but the football they have played so far this season has been far from impressive.
The Red Devils’ game has been dull, boring, devoid of any entertainment, lacking pace and invention.
Van Gaal’s side have been effective, but for the thousands who go to Old Trafford, it is simply not enough.
It would be ridiculous to suggest that Van Gaal should be sacked right now, but can United afford to wait until the end of the season to make the managerial change?
The perfect manager to succeed the Dutchman is out of work now, but how long before a club comes and snaps him up?
Carlo Ancelotti is arguably the biggest name in world football without a managerial job at the moment.
The Italian tactician has been a ‘free agent’ since the end of last season when he left Spanish giants Real Madrid.
In Ancelotti, United would get the best man-manager in world football and a tactical genius who has led the likes of AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Madrid to glory.
The 56-year-old has worked with big-name footballers in his career and has been popular with his players.
The Italian knows how to win trophies, both domestic and European, and the football his teams have played have been entertaining to watch.
Moreover, Ancelotti has Premier League experience with Chelsea, which means that he will take no time in ‘adapting’ to English football.
The problem is that Bayern are reportedly set to appoint the Italian as the successor to Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.
According to Marca, the former Madrid coach has agreed a deal with the German and European giants.
If this turns out to be true, then United will have missed out on the perfect manager to take over from Van Gaal.