Why Manchester United shouldn’t hire Thomas Tuchel yet
Manchester United have had an up and down and are currently still a little fragile. They’ve got solid backline but have lacked the creativity to open teams up this season.
Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, there’s been a problem with the changes in the style of football due to the changes in managers.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer has inherited players from many of these managers and has already got rid of a lot of players. They’ve had a change of strategy in recruitment, as they’re no longer looking at Galacticos and are ready to go with safer options that are closer to home.
However, they still haven’t been able to play the football that Solskjaer himself was used to playing at Old Trafford. They’re very dangerous on the counter as Chelsea saw first-hand but they don’t control games when they have the lion’s share of possession.
This will be a cause of concern for the coaching staff. The game which confirmed Solskjaer’s appointment was the away win at Paris in the Champions League. The man on the opposition’s touchline, Thomas Tuchel, has now been linked with the job at the United hot seat (h/t The Sun).
Tuchel did his CV no harm this week, as he got his PSG side to romp past Real Madrid in midweek without some of his big-hitters.
Tuchel has always played very attractive football, with his teams playing short passes in their build-up like a Guardiola side but he’s far more comfortable with switches in formation, which is fantastic to see.
However, it wouldn’t be a good idea to get Tuchel into the club at this point in time as he’s more of a coach.
Since Manchester United don’t have a director of football, the manager holds a lot of power and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is there to take some massive decisions on recruitment and keep harmony throughout the structural hierarchy of the club.
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He also needs a few more transfer windows to get his team to play in the style that he wants his team to play as no manager can play attacking football without creative players.
For all the praise the likes of Daniel Farke and Pep Guardiola have got in the Premier League, Guardiola struggled with possession-heavy tactics in his first season as City were easy to read and Farke came 14th in the Championship in his first season.
Manchester United are a work in progress and the direction is fairly clear. They’ve got a foundation with their back-four and with the Europa League, they’ll have a pathway available for some of their younger players to force themselves into the first-team this season.
Tuchel will not be able to take all those massive responsibilities as he’s mostly only had to take care of the first-team so far in his career.
Manchester United are a massive club and the responsibilities are far bigger. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a 3-year contract and he deserves a shot at the job after looking at the small sample size of his managerial career at United.