Carlo Ancelotti explains how he lost THAT Champions League final and nearly managing Manchester United

The Italian manager could've been in the dugout at Old Trafford.

Istanbul nights Carlo Ancelotti refutes the claim his team celebrated at half time Image Photo Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Carlo Ancelotti was the AC Milan manager when the Italian side faced Liverpool in one of the most famous Champions League finals of all time.

The 2005 final in Istanbul went down in history after Ancelotti’s AC Milan side went 3-0 up, only for Liverpool to claw it back, level the game 3-3, and eventually win on penalties.

Ancelotti was asked about the game in an interview with FourFourTwo, where he explains why it went wrong and also how close he became to becoming Manchester United manager. 

He said: “I look bak at this quite often, but I don’t think there is anything I could have done differently. It was all about six minutes. We played for 114 minutes; Liverpool played for six minutes.”

Ancelotti also refuted claims that his Milan side were celebrating at half-time.

He told FourFourTwo: “No, no, this is bulls**t. Bulls**t!”

Ancelotti’s managerial career took him to England not many years after when he was in the hotseat at Chelsea. The Italian manager could have ended up at Old Trafford, too, with Sir Alex Ferguson mentioning that he had hoped Ancelotti would come to United when he retired.

Ancelotti added: “After he retired in 2013 he spoke to me, but I had already given my word to go to Real Madrid. Manchester United were too late. But otherwise I would have been interested in going to Old Trafford.”

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran

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