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Man Utd failed in bid to lure Ancelotti to Old Trafford – report

Former United boss Alex Ferguson is an admirer of Ancelotti

Former United boss Alex Ferguson is an admirer of Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti was approached about taking over as Manchester United manager in November, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The report claims that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke to Ancelotti's representatives when it became clear he was in talks with Bayern Munich to succeed Pep Guardiola.

United were apparently sounding out Ancelotti about a possible move to United next summer, with three-time Champions League winning coach stating publicly that he was not open to offers for work in this season as he needs to take time away from the game.

Former Chelsea boss Ancelotti still has a house in the UK and has expressed a desire to return to the Premier League, following his successful spell at Stamford Bridge that yielded a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010.

United officials have denied that they made any contact with Ancelotti, as they continue to offer their full support to manager Louis van Gaal for the rest of this season at least.

Meanwhile, United made it clear that they will not be trying to recruit Guardiola to succeed Van Gaal next summer, as they believe a deal is already in place for the Spaniard to join their local rivals Manchester United.

Punter picks all 7 winners on race card, wins €332,000 from €40 bet

Bank of Gibraltar, one of the seven winners for the lucky punter at Wolverhampton

Bank of Gibraltar, one of the seven winners for the lucky punter at Wolverhampton

Irish raider Mr Boss Man was one of six winning favourites at Wolverhampton in the 32RedSport.com Handicap as one punter picked up over £245,000 (€332,000) for a total outlay of just £30 (€40).

The online William Hill customer, a 34-year-old from the Southampton area, backed every winner on the seven-race card, with his bet consisting of a £10 each-way seven-fold and a further £10 win seven-fold.

He placed his bets at 10pm on Tuesday night, taking a number of early prices.

Trained by Ado McGuinness, the eight-year-old Mr Boss Man was having his second trip to Britain in the space of a week after winning over a mile and three-quarters previously.

Stepped up to two miles and with a 6lb penalty he just held on from Pass The Time under Pat Cosgrave as the 7-4 favourite.

"The two miles might just stretch him a bit on the Flat," said McGuinness.

"I think it was more to do with the fact that Pat got shuffled a bit further back than he ideally wanted.

"That meant going out on the second circuit he had to set him alight a bit to pass a few.

"Probably a mile and three-quarters is his perfect trip, though.

"We'll probably look at going back to Wolverhampton again, but we'll freshen him up first, that was his second time on the boat within seven days.

"He'd been consistent in Ireland, he was just running against well-handicapped horses.

"He started out running in some good bumpers and novice hurdles and we'll definitely look at going back over hurdles, he's still a novice until April.

"My main concern today was he wouldn't be fresh enough, but we just got away with it. He'll have a little break now."

Stuart Williams celebrated a double with Oakley Girl (9-4 favourite) and Ohsosecret (9-4 favourite).

Oisin Murphy was on the former in the EBF 32Red.com Fillies' Handicap with Saleem Golam on the latter in the Download The New Unibet Racing App Handicap.

Richard Hughes and Shane Kelly have struck up a good partnership and Bank Of Gibraltar justified 6-5 favouritism in the Ladbrokes Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Clive Cox's Perfect Cracker (7-2 favourite) was another winning jolly in the coral.co.uk Handicap, with Brian Ellison's Whitecliff Park getting punters off to a flyer in the £10 Free At 32Red.com Apprentice Handicap at evens.

The only race not won by the market leader was the 32Red Casino Handicap which went to James Unett's Artful Mind (9-2), ridden by Graham Lee.