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Rival icon warns Man United not to appoint legendary Italian manager after missing out on Conte

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Carlo Ancelotti is a legendary manager. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ex-Liverpool star Danny Murphy warns Manchester United against Carlo Ancelotti managerial appointment

Speaking to talkSPORT (h/t Daily Mail), former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has warned Manchester United against appointing Carlo Ancelotti as their next permanent manager, saying that the club missed out on Antonio Conte earlier.

Interestingly, both managers that Murphy named are currently employed. While Ancelotti is in charge of Real Madrid and on course to win a La Liga title by the summer, Conte has just taken over at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.

Murphy, who won an FA Cup with Liverpool, said that Ancelotti is not the right fit at Manchester, saying that the Red Devils needed a manager who was more stable and long-term than the Italian.

“He was at Chelsea for a couple of seasons, PSG a couple, Real Madrid a couple, Munich a year, Everton less than a year and now he’s back at Madrid. I think Manchester United have to look at something more stable, more long-term.”

Manchester United warned against appointing Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.
Manchester United warned against appointing Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.

United are currently managed by Ralf Rangnick, with the German appointed earlier this season to guide the club to a strong finish until the summer after they dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November last year.

“They missed the boat”

Old Trafford is widely expected to see the arrival of a new permanent manager, as the club seeks to usher in a new era and try to bring back the glory days to the Theatre of Dreams. Rangnick is only in charge until the end of the season, so it remains to be seen who they appoint once the German’s tenure is up.

Murphy has insisted that United missed out on the opportunity to appoint Conte as their new manager before Spurs got hold of him, claiming he would have made a perfect fit for the side. The Italian has not had the easiest time at Spurs, with the club struggling in seventh place in the league table, and perhaps, one could even say Man United did a wise thing being patient with who they want to appoint.

“Look there’s been a lot of question marks over Antonio Conte at Tottenham for various reasons – that’s another conversation. But that was the type [of manager] they need. That was the one. They missed the boat.”


Although Rangnick has done a fine job at United so far, losing only once in the Premier League, it remains to be seen if the club will offer him the full-time job in the summer as he is in line to take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford from next season.

This would effectively rule him out of the permanent manager position, which means that in all likelihood, we will see a new face in the dugout ahead of the new campaign. It is certainly an exciting time to be a United fan, with loads of changes expected in Manchester next term.

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Ancelotti is a proven winner, with the Italian helping the sides he has managed in the past to multiple trophies in different competitions. With United also looking to get back to the glory days, a manager like Ancelotti could be the right fit at Old Trafford next season.

However, Murphy is right in saying that the side needs a stable and long-term manager rather than someone who just brings quick results. The club needs to set the right foundations for the future with the appointment of their next permanent manager, and looking short-term is unlikely to help them solve their issues.