Jamie Carragher says Man United should try to appoint Thomas Tuchel

Due to the turmoil at Chelsea, Jamie Carragher believes that Man United should try to make Thomas Tuchel their new manager.

News of the UK government’s sanctions against Roman Abramovich has made top headlines throughout the footballing world and beyond. Because Abramovich’s UK assets have been seized, it means the sale of Chelsea is on hold. The club’s operations are also severely limited.

The Telegraph has reported that the sale of the club could still go through if the process is handed over to the UK government.

A special license enables Chelsea to fulfil their fixtures for this season and allows all staff and players to be paid.

However, the sanctions against Abramovich and Chelsea are designed to stop him from making money via the club. For the Blues, it causes numerous problems.

For instance, Chelsea can no longer sell matchday tickets; season ticket holders will be the only fans able to watch their games. The sanctions also mean that Chelsea cannot buy or sell players or offer new contracts to players and staff. In addition, the club shop has closed.

Read more: Roman Abramovich sanctions: How Chelsea are affected

The entire situation plunges Chelsea into difficulty, especially when it comes to offering existing staff and players new contracts.

Chelsea’s contract situation

Several players have expiring deals with the London club. High profile names that could now leave include Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Andreas Christensen. This summer, they could all move on a free transfer at the end of their deals.

Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, is a bit more secure. Chelsea have the German under contract until the summer of 2024. After winning the Champions League, he signed a two-year extension; previously, his old deal would have expired this upcoming summer.

Despite this, some of Europe’s top clubs may take advantage of the situation at Chelsea to make a move for Tuchel.  

Man United’s manager hunt

Manchester United are on the lookout for a new manager at the end of this season. Current interim boss Ralf Rangnick is likely to take a backseat role at the club, which would leave the head coach role to fill.

Two names are most prominent in United’s hunt. Firstly, Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is one of the favourites. His attacking style of football with the Dutch giants, plus success so far in Europe, has him hot on the radar of the Old Trafford club. Although he does not have Premier League experience, Ten Hag may bring United some much-needed creativity.

The other candidate strongly backed for the job is Mauricio Pochettino. The Paris Saint-Germain boss could leave after just one summer in the French capital, following a crushing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid. Pochettino has been eternally linked to the United job; could it finally become a reality this summer?

On the other hand, Jamie Carragher believes Man United should try and surprise everyone by prizing Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea.

Jamie Carragher backs Thomas Tuchel for United

Writing in his column for The Telegraph, the Liverpool legend explained how the turmoil will affect Tuchel’s job.

“No-one can offer him any assurances about how the squad will look at the start of next season,” wrote Carragher. “No manager wants to be working amid such a background of uncertainty.

“If he gets the chance to leave for a club of United’s stature, he must take it. United can offer him the security and backing every top coach craves.”

The Sky Sports pundit pointed out that Manchester United would be gaining from Chelsea’s problematic situation by doing this.

He said: “Yes, it will seem a predatory move – taking advantage of Chelsea’s crisis – but from United and Tuchel’s perspective, the more you consider it, the more of a no-brainer it is.”

Jamie Carragher clearly believes this move will benefit his old rivals United, even though such a move would cause their popularity to nosedive in west London.

Chelsea fans can take solace from the fact that Tuchel is contracted to their club for a few more years. However, some teams may want to offer Thomas Tuchel a route out of the drama.

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