Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled Manchester United of winning the Premier League title this season, according to the Guardian.

The Italian – who coached Real Madrid to their tenth European Cup victory last season – believes new United boss Louis van Gaal will find it ‘difficult’ to transform a team who finished seventh last season into title challengers right away.

Speaking before Real Madrid’s pre-season clash with United tonight, Ancelotti said: “It will not be easy to win in the first year because there are many competitive teams who want to win. It is not easy to implement a new system. It is important that the player is convinced but it is difficult to say how long it will take.

“He is a very good and very experienced manager, he has fantastic experience and he will do a fantastic job at United. He is a manager who has nothing to learn. After Ferguson, it was more difficult for United, but they now have to rebuild a team. They have signed good players but building a team is not easy and the Premier League is a very competitive league.”

Ancelotti also confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will not line up against his former club at the Michigan stadium, with the Italian looking to ease his star man back into action following the World Cup.

“He has been working individually, separate from the team, but he will not play tomorrow and will train when back at Madrid because we will use him in the Super Cup,” Ancelotti explained.

“The plan for Cristiano was right. We gave him one month of rest and started back on 26 July but he needs to recover completely and for this reason we don’t want to take a risk tomorrow.”