THOMAS TUCHEL is reportedly 'open' to taking the Manchester United manager's job with the search 'not confined to Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag'.
It appeared to be a two-horse race to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's permanent successor at Old Trafford.
However, Poch's PSG and Ten Hag's Ajax both crumbled out of the Champions League in disappointing fashion.
And The Athletic report the current Chelsea boss would be willing to listen to United's pitch.
With the Blues' future still uncertain amid the sanctions and likely sale, Old Trafford chiefs may try their luck at luring the German to the North-West.
Tuchel famously succeeded where Ten Hag and, in particular, Pochettino have fallen short by winning the Champions League last season.
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And on Wednesday he secured a record 32nd win from his first 50 matches in the competition.
Sky Sports report United have already made an approach to secure him in the summer when Ralf Rangnick's temporary spell in the dugout ends.
However, it might prove difficult to convince Tuchel to leave Chelsea.
As well as his loyalty to the quality players who continue to perform for him amid the chaos, he is said to be very settled and loving London life with his family.
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But United legend Paul Scholes reckons his former club need to go all out to make the most of the Stamford Bridge struggles – or pounce from Tottenham.
He said: "I would have gone for Antonio Conte or Tuchel.
"It looks like one might be available at the end of the season.
"Those are two top-class coaches that strike fear into players and win, which is the most important thing.
"United, with either one of those managers, would be much better off."
Poch remains the bookies' favourite with Diego Simeone – fresh from knocking United out of Europe – further back.
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