Carlo Ancelotti Could Be On His Way To Manchester United As Valencia Progress To Copa Final

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Over the last few days, several reports have emerged that Real Madrid are looking to bring in a new coach in the summer to lead the team, with PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino as the leading candidate.

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While current coach, Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t done badly, leading the team to the top of the La Liga table, 6 points clear of second place and also a last 16 place in the UEFA Champions League.


The team has had a not so perfect start to the new year and on the verge of being eliminated from the UCL after losing the first leg to PSG, 1-0, on the back of a poor performance against the French side.

English Premier League side, Manchester United are also said to be interested in hiring Mauricio Pochettino, but reports has it that the Argentine would prefer a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, hence the Red Devils are set to shift their focus to Carlo Ancelotti and the Italian also has the approval of Ralf Rangnick to succeed him on the bench at the club.

Rangnick was brought in on a temporary basis after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it’s expected that he would take on a consultancy role after the end of the current season.

ESPN sources said that United legend Sir Alex Ferguson had personally recommended the Ancelotti to the club, although Pochettino remains the preferred option.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is also a leading candidate. Ancelotti has a contract with Los Blancos until 2024, but speculation is growing that he may not complete that term, especially if they fail to get past PSG in the UCL.


Spanish La Liga side, Valencia, got the better of Athletic Bilbao at home, winning 1-0 to progressing to the final of the Copa Del Rey. Following a 1-1 draw in Bilbao, a brilliant long-range strike from Goncalo Guedes proved the difference between the two.

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Valencia coach, Jose Bordalas, who joined the club from Getafe at the start of the season expressed his delight at the victory. “I’m very happy for the footballers, because they have suffered a lot. This is a reward for the hard-work and perseverance. Valencia was a team facing a lot of difficulties and now we’re in the final of the cup.”

“It’s a feeling of satisfaction. What we’re experiencing now is incredible. We have got to a final, now it’s time to enjoy it and prepare for it well. There are 10,000 people in street celebrating, it’s incredible.” He further added. Valencia will face either one of Real Betis or Rayo Vallecano who will be playing in the other semi-final on Thursday.

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