Paul Merson rates Thomas Tuchel so highly that he believes that the current Chelsea boss would be able to guide Manchester United to the Premier League title this season.
Shock horror: it won’t be happening and Merson is talking like football is as simple as a game of FIFA.
There is no denying that the German head coach has done wonders at Stamford Bridge – from winning the Champions League last season to quickly developing a squad to become title challengers. It has all be made possible by Tuchel after he took over from Frank Lampard at the south west London club back in January.
However, Chelsea suffered a blow to their title hopes on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Manchester City at the Bridge.
But former Arsenal star Merson has been nothing but impressed by Tuchel’s tactical prowess since his arrival at the club and reckons that the German would be able to guide United to their first Premier League title since 2013 with ease if he were in charge instead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Writing in his column for the Daily Star, before Saturday’s clash with City, Merson said: “If Thomas Tuchel was manager of Manchester United, they would win the league. He is that good.
“United are not going to win the league this season, in my opinion. But if they had a manager like Tuchel it would be different.
“He sees the game. What he did last Sunday was a masterstroke, taking off Mason Mount and putting on N’Golo Kante.
“You’ve got to remember, Mount is one of Chelsea’s go-to players, one of their best players. But he brought him off and they literally ripped Tottenham to shreds.
“If that had been a boxing match you would have had to stop it because it was getting dangerous.
“Players have vision. It’s the same with managers. They see games. Top players see a pass. Top managers see the game.
“Other managers just stick their best 11 players on the pitch and say: ‘Go and do what you want…’
“It was a big deal bringing Mount off. How many other managers would have been brave enough to do that?
“But Tuchel doesn’t really care who he upsets. He has a huge squad of players and they can’t play every week. But he has enough games to keep everybody happy.”