Man Utd gave Thomas Tuchel a reverse that could save Erik ten Hag | Football | Sports

Any hope Tuchel had of changing the minds of Bayern’s bosses evaporated last week when his side were beaten 4-3 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final by Real Madrid. However, despite the club targeting four potential candidates, players and fans remain in the dark as to who will take over for 2024/25.

The Bavarians initially made a move for Leverkusen boss Alonso, only for the Spaniard to reject both Bayern and Liverpool in favor of staying at his current club. Tuchel’s predecessor Julian Nagelsmann, as well as Ralf Rangnick and Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner, were also the subject of failed approaches.

And according to the German publication IMAGE, the rejections prompted a rethink from Bayern chairman Herbert Hainer. The club are now said to be considering offering Tuchel, who won the Bundesliga title in his first campaign after taking over from Nagelsmann mid-season, a new deal.

This despite the fact that the man himself admitted, after Real’s defeat, that he had no intention of Bayern changing their position. “This is an agreement, so this cannot be changed,” he said.

“Well, you can change each contract with mutual consent, because we also had a contract and agreed to finish it early so that everything is possible. But the answer is the same, the agreement remains and the agreement exists.”

The latest development is a potential boost for the Ten Hag, who is under intense pressure to keep his job at Old Trafford. United had already suffered a record 13 Premier League defeats this season before their latest dismal record on Sunday when they were beaten 1-0 at home to Arsenal.

Despite an FA Cup final looming against Manchester City, the Dutchman is on the brink and has yet to receive public backing from new minority shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Tuchel has been touted as an obvious candidate to replace the former Ajax boss, but INEOS boss Ratcliffe may now not have that option if Bayern are relegated.

Whether United opt to continue to pursue Tuchel may depend on Gareth Southgate’s intentions. Ratcliffe is a known admirer of the England boss, who is yet to confirm whether he will remain in charge of his country after Euro 2024 this summer.

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