Make no mistake about it. On March 11 against Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is coaching for his job.
Two exits in the first round of the knockout phase have been a fireable offense in the French capital in recent seasons. Tuchel must overcome a 2-1 defeat against his former club or else he could be looking for a new job.
During the discussion, Tuchel’s name was brought (12:55 mark) up as someone who is likely on the shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær should the Red Devils decide to move on.
“They [Manchester United] are backing Solskjær…”
“That’s really genuine. They’re fully behind Solskjær. Now, there are thoughts about certain coaches, managers, if something was to change but that’s sensible for any club. I think they would regard Mauricio Pochettino very highly. I think they would regard Thomas Tuchel very highly. But they are squarely behind Ole Gunnar Solskjær.”
It does seem odd that Manchester United of all teams would consider replacing Solskjær with Tuchel. Last season, Solskjær brought a team of kids essentially to the Parc des Princes and with the odds heavily against his side, escaped with a 3-1 victory and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Tuchel is a fine manager but we’ve seen cracks at PSG especially this season. If he is sacked due to another failure in the Champions League, I see Tuchel returning to Germany to join FC Bayern Munich instead of taking on a rebuild in Manchester.
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