Chelsea are facing an uncertain future after the club’s owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government, following his ties with Russia president Vladimir Putin.
Chelsea is still allowed to operate but under hugely restrictive rules that will prevent them from offering contracts, buying players and even selling tickets and merchandise for the foreseeable future.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has now urged Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to dump Chelsea for Manchester United, as Chelsea do not have a certain future at the moment.
“Manchester United have been presented with the ideal opportunity to recruit the manager who should be their number one target: Thomas Tuchel,” Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.
“Given the events at Chelsea, United’s decision to wait until the end of the season presents them with a choice no-one could have foreseen.
“One of the best managers in the world – the current Fifa coach of the year – must be top of their list.
“Tuchel, like everyone else at Stamford Bridge, will have no idea what the future holds at his current club. No-one can offer him any assurances about how the squad will look at the start of next season given the club’s sale is on hold.
“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. 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.
“Every chief executive in the world looking for a new coach will be – or at least should be – monitoring Tuchel’s mood and public comments between now and the end of the season.
“Only clubs of a certain calibre could attract him. It would be negligent of United to fail to sound him out. As a coach, he is exactly what they need.”
He added: “Let’s not forget that his mentor – Ralf Rangnick – is in temporary charge. If United are as keen to retain Rangnick’s services in an advisory capacity as they claimed when recruiting him – and they ask him who should take over – who will he tell them to call?”
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