A new target emerges as a shock candidate for the Manchester United manager job


Current Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a shock candidate for the Manchester United manager's job in recent days, it has been reported by The Times.

The Italian veteran left the Premier League last summer, where he was in charge of Everton, in order to return to Real Madrid for a second stint.

And it has as of now, been a successful one, with Los Blancos six points clear at the top of La Liga, although they trail by a 1-0 scoreline heading into the second leg of their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain, with potential soon-to-be Madridista Kylian Mbappe so far proving the difference.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have struggled massively domestically, and while they currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League, sides below them have games in hand on the Red Devils that could well see them overtaken.

It has been a season of turmoil despite high hopes when the club announced the signings of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho before making a spectacular swoop to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

While they were initially tipped to be part of a title race, United are now overseen by an interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking, and are continuing to struggle for results despite a star-studded side.

Ancelotti a backup

The club are expected to announce a new permanent boss in the summer, and while Ancelotti is among the contenders, the top target remains Mauricio Pochettino.

Erik ten Hag and Luis Enrique are also thought to be ahead of Ancelotti in the pecking order, but should they be unattainable, the Italian may be next in line.

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