Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins believes Carlo Ancelotti would be the ideal candidate to succeed David Moyes as manager at Old Trafford.
Earlier this week, the Red Devils announced the departure of Moyes and appointed Ryan Giggs as interim manager for the remaining four Premier League fixtures till the end of the season.
Ancelotti is currently presiding over the managerial duties at Real Madrid and has over two years left in his contract. He has already brought silverware to the Santiago Bernabeu in his debut season by guiding the Spanish Giants to victory in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona earlier this month.
The Spanish capital outfit are also in contention to win the La Liga title and the Champions League this season. Wilkins insists that if the Italian tactician fails to guide his current side to seal the treble this season, then United might have a chance of luring Ancelotti back to England for the upcoming campaign.
"I think Manchester United will go for an experienced manager. David Moyes was the right man last year after his time at Everton, but the name that jumps out at me is Carlo Ancelotti," Wilkins told Sky Sports.
"The Copa del Rey is not enough for Real Madrid, so if he doesn't win La Liga or the Champions League, he may become available. He speaks English, knows the Premier League and I think he would be ideal."
Ancelotti has already experienced life in England's top flight with a stint at Chelsea between 2009 and 2011. Wilkins is well aware of the 54-year-old's management skills, having been a part of his coaching staff as assistant manager at Stamford Bridge.
Among a number of candidates who United are reportedly considering, Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is one of the names linked to with the full-time responsibility.
The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is out of contract with the Dutch national team once the World Cup in Brazil concludes this summer.
Last month, the 62-year-old had expressed his desire to coach a top team in England with reports suggesting that United officials will hold discussions with Van Gaal in the coming days.