Man Utd tipped to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if PSG axe Thomas Tuchel
Transfer expert Duncan Castles thinks Manchester United may move to terminate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s contract if Paris Saint-Germain fire under-pressure boss Thomas Tuchel.
PSG have made a poor start to the Ligue 1 season, by their own standards, as they sit fourth in the table after six matches.
The Champions League finalists suffered a shock defeat to Lens and Tuchel has warned that similar results could happen again if he was not backed in the transfer window.
PSG bosses are unhappy with the German’s comments and tension has grown behind the scenes at the Parc des Princes.
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One option the French champions have is to replace Tuchel with ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
However, the Argentine is on United’s radar following their poor start to the season.
The Red Devils are 16th in the Premier League and they may be rushed into a decision to decide Solskjaer’s future if PSG approach Pochettino, according to Castles.
“If [PSG] start looking for alternatives and one of those gets offered another job – or looks likely to get another job – that might be something that provokes a change,” Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.
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“Here, PSG is relevant because Thomas Tuchel is under pressure and he has criticised the board over transfers.
“He has been publicly reprimanded by Leonardo the director so he is in a difficult position regardless.
“Tuchel is a manager you should look for a replacement at some point in the next year. Pochettino is an individual who has had discussions with Qatar.
“It’s a job that he is targeting and will be a candidate for. Max Allegri is another strong contender for that job.
“And of course Allegri should be a contender for the United job too, he is interested in coaching in England at some point.
“As I understand it, he has not had any direct contact from United.”
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Because he was not heavily backed over the summer, Tuchel said: “If we keep the squad we have today, honestly, we can’t ask for the same results, because that is the situation.
“For example we look at Liverpool, they were not in Portugal at all and they have now signed Thiago [Alcantara] and another player from Wolves [Diogo Jota].
“Man City have signed some defenders after losing in the quarter-finals. Atletico now have Luis Suarez, Inter Milan were not in Portugal but they now have two teams in their squad able to compete in the Champions League. The teams will have to battle against a big challenge. It will be more difficult than last year if we stay like this.”
PSG chief Leonard was furious with Tuchel for criticising the board.
“I did not appreciate Tuchel’s comments. I did not understand them and I did not like them. The club did not like them either,” said Leonardo.
“We will see internally. If someone is not happy, we talk, there is no problem. But if he decides to stay, he must decide to respect the choices of sports management.
“We’re not here to go to trial. We have to have the spirit of suffering for the club, the spirit of sacrifice. The important thing is the club. We didn’t like it [the way Tuchel spoke].”
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