Manchester United want Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel before the end of season with an aim to exploit the Blues’ situation
According to the Daily Star, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has become the primary managerial target for Manchester United ahead of the new season, with the Red Devils looking to exploit the Blues of their current turmoil.
United are in the market for a new, permanent manager in the summer once Ralf Rangnick’s tenure as interim manager expires at the end of the season. The German was only appointed late last year to guide the club to a top-four finish.
Now, it is said that Tuchel is ahead of Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino in the list of candidates that the Manchester side is looking at, with the club thinking they can make an offer to lure him away from Chelsea.
The west London outfit is currently caught in a crisis where owner Roman Abramovich cannot sell the club, because he has had his assets frozen by the government due to his close links with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.
Tuchel overtakes Pochettino
Given this, Tuchel’s future has become increasingly uncertain at Chelsea, which has given United hope that the German is now available for hire and can be convinced to swap London for Manchester. This change comes after Pochettino had long been United’s preferred choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November.
Despite the Argentine having the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson, United CEO Richard Arnold believes that Tuchel is the right person for the job next term, and is trying to work out a way to appoint the incumbent Chelsea boss before the end of this season, if possible.
Tuchel has been a hit at Stamford Bridge, guiding the team to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup trophies in the past year and turning the Blues into title contenders after Frank Lampard’s time at the club saw them drop down the Premier League table.