Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says that his former club should do all they can to hire Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel if there is any chance that the German can be persuaded to make the move to Old Trafford.
The Blues’ ownership situation has raised the prospect of Tuchel’s availability, and there have been two respected journalists who have said that the Red Devils would consider going after the 48-year-old. Ferdinand believes Tuchel would be a perfect fit:
“I’m taking Tuchel man, I don’t care. If the roles were reversed and Man United were there and had Tuchel as a sitting duck at our football club, we are presuming he’s a sitting duck from the reports we are hearing.”
“If that was the case and the roles were reversed, trust me, Roman and the empire would knock down the door. They wouldn’t even knock down the door, they’d run round the side and take him. Tuchel would be the one. He’s got the pedigree.”
“He’s shown already that he can come into this league, he’s adapted straight away, he’s won the Champions League, he can galvanise a squad, he can get them playing.”
At the moment, it seems like a long shot, in terms of United being able to appoint Tuchel. Chelsea’s takeover is likely to be finalised before the end of April so uncertainty over his future may not last long.
On top of that, it seems the Red Devils are keen to have a permanent manager in place for next season as soon as possible. Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag remains the favourite, but the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique are also still in the frame.