So was Moyes the second choice of Sir Alex Ferguson?

Sir Alex Ferguson

David Moyes has been appointed manager of Manchester United, but did Sir Alex Ferguson originally approach Carlo Ancelotti?

This afternoon Manchester United appointed David Moyes as manager, in a move which has been widely acclaimed, for the Everton boss is a man in Ferguson's image with proven longevity and Premier League experience.

One gap on Moyes' CV is his lack of European experience, just brief Europa League exploits and a failed Champions League qualification tie.

A man who dwarfs that is Carlo Ancelotti, who won the Champions League twice with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007, and is on the brink of winning his third title in as many countries with PSG.

The link between the two we reported earlier today, just before David Moyes was appointed as manager.

Respected Spanish newspaper El Confidencial ran a story in it's morning edition, stating that Sir Alex Ferguson flew out to Europe to meet up with Ancelotti 'weeks ago', earmarking him as a potential candidate to take the reins at Old Trafford.

Ancelotti is a manager Ferguson has gone up against during his time in charge at Milan, Juventus, and more recently when he was at Chelsea, with the Scotsman keen to find out his availability.

The newspaper claimed Ancelotti was wanted by Ferguson due to his track record of managing major stars, and success with it.

The resolution of the meeting was that Ancelotti was taken aback by Ferguson's approach, but could not take him up on it because he had already given his word to Real Madrid that he would sit down with them at the end of the season to discuss terms, with Mourinho set to depart.

PSG are busying eyeing up potential new bosses, including approaching Mourinho, which in turn forced Ancelotti to look elsewhere himself and he is claimed to have an offer on the table if the 'Special One' does depart.

So all of this begs the question, is it true?

It's perfectly conceivable that it is, El Confidencial is more of a Spanish broadsheet, rather than Marca or AS which are more akin to the British tabloids, but that doesn't mean their sources are necessarily correct.

Carlo Ancelotti would have been a fine choice at United, and at 53-years-old could well have offered the Red Devils some longevity, at least along the lines of the six-year-deal Moyes has signed.

His experience means fans' fears over Moyes' inexperience in Europe would not have been an issue, and his ability to attract top stars unquestioned, with Zlatan a recent signing for PSG, and Madrid's Kaka recently stating the Italian was the 'best coach he had ever worked with' from his time at Milan.

Perhaps all of this is a tad disrespectful to Moyes, who the focus should be on right now, and his mission to continue Ferguson's success which will officially begin on July 1.

But it's fascinating to discuss whether had Ancelotti's answer been different, Moyes may right now be preparing to renew his deal at Everton and remain on Merseyside rather than Manchester.

United fans what do you think of the report? Would you have preferred Ancelotti?

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