Sky Sports: Man Utd job appeals to “unbelievable” manager, Ratcliffe is already in contact

According to Florian Plettenberg of Sky Germany, Thomas Tuchel is expected to return to the Premier League in the summer. United has already reached out to Chelsea, and the German manager finds “two appealing destinations” in both clubs.

Tuchel’s Die Roten negotiations appeared to be at a standstill as Bayer Leverkusen’s first Bundesliga championship ended Bayern Munich’s record of 11 consecutive years as champions, with United most likely to appoint the cap-wearing coach.

Manchester United Job Tempting for Tuchel 

Tuchel was first prepared to continue as Bayern’s manager, according to Plettenberg’s Monday report via X, and discussions took place. Nevertheless, the former Chelsea manager—whose record also includes Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund—is now connected to a return to England’s top division, perhaps due to his struggles with domestic setbacks.

Following earlier rumors, Manchester United is said to have maintained communication with Tuchel, whom Chelsea star Ben Chilwell called a “unbelievable manager.” Erik ten Hag’s rule has come under further criticism after Monday night’s 4-0 defeat at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.

Jim Ratcliffe of INEOS has chosen not to publicly discuss Ten Hag because, according to the Manchester Evening News, he is not entirely persuaded by the Dutchman. Tuchel’s participation in mutual “loose contact” suggests that he would be interested in accepting the position; in fact, the media has started speculating about who he might bring to Old Trafford as part of his project.

United aren’t the only project that has piqued the manager’s interest, as old club Chelsea also seem “appealing”, according to Plettenberg.

Can United learn from Tuchel’s past? 

Although Tuchel finds the idea of rejoining Manchester United in the Premier League intriguing, Jim Ratcliffe, the new owner of the Red Devils, is aware of how challenging it can be to collaborate with the current Bayern manager.

However, Ratcliffe has shown his regard for the former Chelsea coach, even though sources indicate that INEOS is aware of Tuchel’s history of falling out with club executives in past capacities. Christian Falk remarked on this mutual respect:

“Manchester United is still one of the top targets for Thomas Tuchel. He wants to return to the Premier League. He likes how things work there and what it means to be a coach there – it’s very different to how things work in Germany,” the BILD journalist wrote in his exclusive Fact Files column with CaughtOffside.

“The new owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has a lot of respect for Thomas Tuchel, and Tuchel is still interested in the United job, so this could be a big topic if Erik ten Hag is sacked and as soon as Bayern Munich’s involvement in the Champions League ends.”

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