Manchester United are monitoring Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel to replace Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season, according to Guardian.
As Chelsea find themselves in a precarious situation, their Champions League-winning manager is the latest to be linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s current contract lasts till 2024, and Manchester United are said to be fans of the German.
United’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid has put pressure on the owners to get the next managerial appointment right. United will end the season with no trophies, and it will now be five years since Jose Mourinho led them to the League Cup and Europa League triumphs.
After a strong second-placed finish last season, United strengthen in the summer by adding the likes of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo to a star-studded attack. As a result, many pundits predicted the team to comfortably finish in the top 4 in the Premier League and even challenge Manchester City for the title.
But, things have only gone downhill since and a top-four finish looks out of reach for Ralf Rangnick side at the moment.
"How he (Ralf Rangnick) was chosen to be manager for this club for six months, I don't know….the very first thing this club needs to do to get anywhere near winning the league again is getting in a proper coach who works for this team." remarked a less than pleased Paul Scholes in the punditry studio post-defeat.
Tuchel took over from a flailing Chelsea side following Lampard’s departure, and wasted no time in stamping his authority and getting everyone to buy into his style of play, eventually leading the Blues to European glory within months of taking over.
Jamier Carragher recently faced Chelsea fans’ fury for suggesting in his Telegraph column that Manchester United should be taking advantage of Chelsea’s troubles and make a move for Tuchel. It will be interesting to see whether United follow up on the idea or if Tuchel will be interested in moving to a direct rival.
United are also believed to be looking at Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino for the role of permanent manager.