Carlo Ancelotti explains snubbing Man Utd job offer after Sir Alex Ferguson chat

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has explained why he turned down the opportunity to manage Manchester United.

Ancelotti spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson when the former United boss decided to retire back in 2013.

Though Ancelotti, who has managed the likes of PSG, Juventus, and Chelsea, instead opted to take over at Real Madrid.

The current Toffees manager said: "I can say that I still keep a fantastic relationship with Sir Alex, and we met when he decided to stop (retire).

"But I was close to Real Madrid, and so I appreciate the fact that at that time he talked to me. And that’s it, no other opportunity.

"Of course Manchester United is a fantastic club, a fantastic team I battled against them a lot of times when Sir Alex was there, when I was at Chelsea.

"I have a lot of respect for this team, for this club, it is a historical club in the world of football like Milan, like Real Madrid, a lot of respect."

Ancelotti’s Everton meet Manchester United on Wednesday in the League Cup quarter-finals.

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The Toffees have won their last three Premier League matches with wins over Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal.

“We are here [quarter-final] and want to fight for this,” said Ancelotti. “It is an important game in the quarter-final of an important competition Everton never won.

“We are not so far from achieving this [claiming silverware] and are in a good moment.

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“But we are going to play against a really tough opponent who beat us here a few weeks ago. It is a great opportunity to show the momentum we have.

“Also, because we are going to play against a strong opponent, if we can win, it will give us more confidence.”

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