Man Utd will be ruing not appointing Thomas Tuchel as manager, says Glen Johnson

    Thomas Tuchel, former manager of Chelsea
    Thomas Tuchel was relieved of his duties as Chelsea manager (Picture: Getty Images)

    Glen Johnson believes Manchester United will be ruing their decision not to go for Thomas Tuchel following the sacking of the former Chelsea manager.

    The Blues relieved Tuchel of his duties last week and replaced him with ex-Brighton boss Graham Potter.

    Tuchel led the club to Champions League glory in 2021 and also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

    United, meanwhile, appointed Erik ten Hag as their new manager ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

    The Dutchman endured a poor start to his career at Old Trafford, losing to Brighton and Brentford in the Premier League.

    However, the Red Devils have turned it around since them, winning four league matches in a row, including victories over rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.

    But former Chelsea full-back Johnson feels United will be kicking themselves for not pursuing Tuchel given his early dismissal this season.

    Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
    Erik ten Hag has shown promising signs at United (Picture: Getty Images)

    ‘His stock wouldn’t have dropped at all. He would be on anybody’s shortlist,’ Johnson told of Tuchel.

    ‘I’m not necessarily saying he would be everybody’s number one target, but he’d definitely be in the conversation. It was only 18 months ago when they won the Champions League.’

    On United and if there may be any regret over Tuchel, Johnson said: ‘Yes, they may be kicking themselves a little bit. Hindsight’s a wonderful thing isn’t it?

    ‘If they knew he could be departing so suddenly then maybe they would have waited, but you can’t just sit there and wait.

    ‘You need to do the deal that’s best for you at that time rather than waiting for somebody you want to become available.

    ‘Manchester United are seemingly doing better under Erik ten Hag so perhaps they’re just as happy anyway.’

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