Former AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes it will take a couple of years for Manchester United to have any real impact in the Champions League once again, as claimed by Goal [via Give Me Sport].
Ancelotti, a three-time Champions League winning coach, thinks United’s investment in youth will hamper them as they go in search of immediate success in Europe’s elite competition, as per the report.
In recent times, English Premier League sides have indeed struggled in Europe, but Ancelotti explains that a number of teams are in a period of transition as they are currently doing an overhaul of their team.
Of all the English teams in the competition, the experienced Italian believes only his former side Chelsea are well-equipped to compete for the Champions League trophy this term.
“The reason for the decline is that the big English sides have overhauled their squads a lot, apart from Chelsea, who have experienced players and leaders,” Ancelotti told Goal, with whom he recently signed a deal.
“The others, like Manchester United, have taken young players of less experience. Therefore, they have revamped their sides and there have been difficulties. They must wait a couple of years to be competitive in Europe once again.”
Ancelotti’s comments seem to have a bit of truth, as the Old Trafford side under Louis van Gaal are still a work in progress but will eventually gain prominence in the search for success.
Youngsters like Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Andreas Perreira are the future of the club and will continue to evolve into big stars in the future.