Manchester United 'make contact' with Thomas Tuchel as Erik ten Hag sack stance 'clarified'

Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel
Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel -Credit:Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel could make a shock return to the Premier League as Manchester United have reportedly held talks with the German succeeding Erik ten Hag at the end of the season.

Tuchel enjoyed a little over 18 months at Chelsea before he was sacked by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital in September 2022 following a limp start to the 2022/23 season. The 50-year-old has since returned to the dugout, taking over Bayern Munich last March after Julian Nagelsmann was sacked.

However, Tuchel will leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season after a disappointing domestic campaign for Bayern, who failed to win the Bundesliga for the first time since 2012 as Bayer Leverkusen, managed by Xabi Alonso, defied the odds to land a first championship crown.

According to reports in Germany though, Tuchel could be on his way back to England and more specifically Old Trafford as new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe draws up plans for life after Ten Hag, who saw his tenure with the Reds stoop to a new low on Sunday afternoon as United required a penalty shootout to defeat Championship Coventry City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup - despite being 3-0 up in the 70th minute.

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Kicker claims that Ratcliffe has already made contact with Tuchel, "who he values enormously", about his plans for the 2024/25 season, should Ten Hag be dismissed. However, the Guardian state that the Dutchman will remain in position for United's final seven games of the season, and only after that will a decision be made on his future.

Tuchel recently guided Bayern to a 3-2 aggregate win over Premier League leaders Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with the Bavarians now set to face Real Madrid in next month's semi-finals.

Speaking earlier this year, the former Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund manager refused to comment on speculation of where he could end up after his time at Bayern Munich comes to an end, insisting he is focused on the task at hand.

"I’m not going to have any influence now on what happens to me after the summer," said Tuchel in February. "This job only works if I give 100 per cent of myself. I have a very high professional expectation of myself and that’s completely dedicated to Bayern Munich until the end of the season.

"The situation is changing. My decisions will now be characterised by more freedom. Because I know that I no longer have to weigh up the long-term effect of a certain decision. We can now coach all games like a cup game.

"For me personally, things no longer have a long-term effect. There are enough examples where something like that can help a coach or a team. I always expect the maximum, we haven’t delivered that often enough."