Rio Ferdinand says Chelsea wouldn’t think twice about poaching Thomas Tuchel off Man Utd if “roles were reversed”.
Tuchel recently dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford and reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea, saying “I’ve said many times that I love to be here”.
Man Utd are actively seeking a new permanent manager for this summer with interim boss Ralf Rangnick set to move into a consultancy role, and Tuchel has been heavily touted for the position over the last couple of weeks.
The Red Devils are understood to be big admirers of Chelsea’s German coach, but Tuchel himself rejected the notion.
Despite that, Ferdinand – who has already said he is open to both Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino – reckons Man Utd should do everything they can to try land Tuchel as he has “got the pedigree”.
“I’m taking Tuchel, I don’t care,” Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel. “If roles were reversed and Man Utd were there and we had Tuchel as a sitting duck at our football club, presuming that he is a sitting duck from the reports that we’re hearing, there is a chance you could get him.
“If that was the case and the roles were reversed, trust me, Roman and the empire would be knocking down the door. In fact, they wouldn’t have even knocked down the door; they would have gone round the side and just took him.
“Tuchel would be the one because he has shown that he has got the pedigree. He has shown already that he can come into this league, adapted straight away, won the Champions League, he can galvanise a squad, get them playing, create a culture, create a togetherness and he has got discipline.”
Meanwhile, Dean Henderson has revealed what he misses most about not playing regular matches for Man Utd this season.
Henderson told the club’s official website: “I thrive off it. I love it. I love playing in front of the supporters. Wherever I’ve been, I’ve always built up good relationships with them because I think they can help on a Saturday as much as we can help each other. I think they can become the 12th man.
“Unfortunately, at this moment in time, I’ve not yet had the opportunity here [in the Premier League at Old Trafford] because we had Covid last year. It’s been a shame and that is something that grinds on me.
“I believe I can have an unbelievable relationship with the Manchester United fans, but until that day comes, I’ll keep working hard in the background. One day, I’ll build that rapport with them and kick on.”
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