Man Utd have four choices to replace Erik ten Hag if Thomas Tuchel does Bayern U-turn

Thomas Tuchel has been tipped to replace Erik ten Hag at United next season (Image: GETTY)

Manchester United will be unable to appoint Thomas Tuchel as their new manager if Bayern Munich decide to keep him at the Allianz Arena. Tuchel has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in light of speculation over Erik ten Hag’s future as manager of the Red Devils.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is reportedly mulling over whether to sack Ten Hag in the summer and replace him with a new head coach. Tuchel, who is set to leave Bayern at the end of the campaign, has already been mentioned as a possible target for United.

However, there is a chance that Bayern could decide to keep him after being rejected by four different candidates, according to Bild. It is said that Ralf Rangnick, Oliver Glasner, Xabi Alonso and Julian Nagelsmann have all turned them down, with Bayern chiefs now discussing whether Tuchel should be kept on.

Express Sport takes a look at four other managers United could target if Tuchel ends up staying in Germany…

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Bayern could reportedly decide to keep Tuchel after being rejected by four candidates (Image: GETTY)

Gareth Southgate

England boss Gareth Southgate is said to be in the running for the United job after being identified as a top target by Ratcliffe. It was reported earlier this month that discussions had already taken place, with the Red Devils hoping to strike an agreement over the coming weeks.

United are said to value Southgate’s leadership qualities in spite of his lack of recent club experience. However, he remains tied down to England until the end of the calendar year, meaning United would have to agree a compensation package with the FA in order to appoint him.

Roberto De Zerbi

United could also decide to target Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, who is said to be considering a move elsewhere at the end of the season. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian is eager to leave the Seagulls in order to test himself at a bigger club.

De Zerbi has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best emerging managers and is said to be on United’s list of potential new bosses. However, it remains to be seen if he would be willing to accept the Red Devils job, which has become something of a poisoned chalice in recent years.

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Ruben Amorim

Sporting boss Ruben Amorim has been linked with several high-profile jobs over the last few months. He was said to have been a target for Liverpool before they agreed to appoint Arne Slot, while he continues to be mentioned as a potential successor to Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea.

Amorim is seemingly open to the idea of managing in the Premier League, having flown to England for talks with West Ham last month. He has consistently refused to commit his long-term future to Sporting, which suggests that an offer from United could turn his head in advance of next season.

Graham Potter

Graham Potter is said to have emerged as an option for United, with the former Chelsea boss having been out of work since leaving the Blues last year. However, the Red Devils will not be the only club in the race for his signature if they decide to firm up their reported interest.

He was recently approached by Ajax but reportedly turned down the Dutch giants after deciding the job was not for him. Potter is also thought to be a surprise candidate to take over at Feyenoord, who will lose Slot at the end of the season when he replaces Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.