New Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says that Manchester United and Jose Mourinho is a good ‘wedding’ but he clearly does not adhere to the consensus that Louis van Gaal failed at the club.
Mourinho is set to be unveiled as United’s new boss after Van Gaal’s Monday sacking following a fifth-place finish in his second season at the club.
“I think it is a good wedding [with United] because Mourinho really knows the Premier League well,” Ancelotti tells The Independent.
“He is one of the best coaches in the world and Manchester United at this moment need someone who can improve what they did in the last two years with Louis van Gaal.
“There are different opinions about the job of Van Gaal, no? My opinion is that he arrived in a moment when he needed to rebuild a team after Rio Ferdinand, after [Paul] Scholes, after [Ryan] Giggs, after Ferguson and it takes time.
“The same thing happened to Milan. When Milan lost [Paolo] Maldini, [Gennaro] Gattuso, [Filippo] Inzaghi it was difficult to rebuild the team quickly, they needed time.
“The last year they [United] showed they have really good young players. And maybe with Mourinho they could have a step forward.”
Ancelotti also backed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player he managed at PSG.
“I think he is not young but still fit,” Ancelotti says. “He has a real winning mentality. Maybe Manchester United need this kind of player with experience. They are all young.
“Ibrahimovic is a really, really unselfish player. He is one of the few talented players who doesn’t have to say on the pitch, ‘I want to score’. He was really helpful at PSG when he arrived there. There was not a winning mentality. He was able to build a strong mentality at the club by example. The fact that PSG is now one of the top teams is a reward for Ibrahimovic.”