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Man United travel to Chelsea for ‘what if?  »Moment against the long-term objective Tuchel

These are sliding door moments that provide context for Sunday’s meeting between two teams heading in opposite directions.

For United, traveling to the home of the European champions and Premier League leaders, it is “what if? “.

They never had time to make an approach for Tuchel, despite Executive Vice President Ed Woodward identifying the German as a future United manager long before he found himself at Stamford Bridge.

United, however, remained committed to the Solskjaer project and by the time Tuchel was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain last Christmas, it was Chelsea who put themselves in a position to recruit him.

But not before Rangnick crossed their radar – as well as a third German candidate for Julian Nagelsmann, who was widely seen as the preferred long-term option.

Rangnick – who will take over interim United after Solskjaer’s sack on Sunday – was tailor-made to do the same at Chelsea when Lampard was removed in January.

Like Avram Grant, Guus Hiddink, and Rafa Benitez before him, he looked like the classic short-term fix that was so crucial during Roman Abramovich’s years.

But Rangnick was put off by the potential to be out of work by the summer, prompting Chelsea to move closer to Tuchel, who was also upset when he only offered an 18-month contract. .


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