Report: Tuchel interested in hearing Manchester United offer

Thomas Tuchel’s name has been thrust into the Manchester United managerial frame amid the uncertainty at Chelsea.

In truth, United probably should have been monitoring him anyway, given that he will have been in charge at Stamford Bridge for around 18 months by the end of this season.

That is close to the normal lifespan of a Chelsea manager and United should have been telling Tuchel that they can offer him more long-term stability and the ability to lead the club back to the top of English football.

And a report by the Athletic suggests there is a degree of interest from both sides in terms of Tuchel taking over at Old Trafford.

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They report that United are monitoring Tuchel’s situation amid the protracted takeover of Chelsea after UK government intervention.

And, importantly, the report claims sources suggest Tuchel would be interested in hearing United’s pitch to him over the manager’s job.

United have been tracking a number of potential bosses, including Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag, and perhaps the long gap between fixtures will see the wheels start to turn more quickly.

But at some point, the club have to identify a number one and go after him.

Otherwise, none of the candidates may feel wanted enough to make the move. If Tuchel is going to come, he is going to need to feel conviction from United.

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Before Tuesday’s Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, Paul Scholes named Tuchel as one of his two preferred managerial candidates.

The 11-time Premier League winner said: “I’d have gone for Conte, or Tuchel now he might be available at the end of the year.

“Them two can strike fear into players and win. I hate it when people say we need to buy four or five, spend £100 million, there’s a group of players there I think can be made a lot better by an elite coach.”

In May, Gary Neville also hailed Tuchel’s work at Chelsea, saying on Monday Night Football: “I marvel at some of the defenders nowadays in terms of the pressure they put on themselves and the way they get up the pitch.

“Look at Chelsea this season, they’re pushing right up the pitch. I don’t know how Tuchel coaches it, he’s been here four or five months, he has games every Wednesday and Saturday, there’s no time on the training pitch, you’re talking about recoveries most of the time.

“How has he coached that instantly into a team straight away? It’s an outstanding coaching performance. It’s got to be down to the manager and the coaching.”

Tuchel came in and made an instant impact at Chelsea, winning them the Champions League in his first season.

He inherited a team which was behind United, and further down the league than even we are now, and has pushed them ahead in just over a year.

That is the kind of impact United need their new manager to make but do the people in power at the club have the clout and conviction to make waves by going and getting him? There are legitimate doubts, but what a coup it would be.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.