Man Utd show they have not learnt Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel lesson

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Mike Phelan has been handed a new contract by Manchester United, but in doing so the Red Devils have shown that they have not learnt from Chelsea’s appointment of Thomas Tuchel. The Blues sacked Frank Lampard amid a poor run of results and quickly named the German as his successor.

Though Lampard had insisted that Chelsea were still some way from challenging for trophies, Tuchel quickly proved that theory wrong.

The former PSG boss made an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge, going unbeaten in his first 10 league games with the club.

In fact, he lost just five games in his first six months with the Blues, leading the club to their first Champions League title since 2012.

The move to appoint Tuchel has arguably proven to be one of Roman Abramovich’s best decisions as Chelsea owner.

Tuchel has continued his remarkable turnaround this season, with Chelsea top of the table heading into the second international break.

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The Blues appear to be well set to push Manchester City and Liverpool for the title, which would be their first since Antonio Conte was in charge.

The transformation that has been undertaken at Stamford Bridge could have been seen as a lesson for other underperforming clubs.

One of those clubs is United, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having overseen a campaign that has been plagued by unconvincing performances.

Though they find themselves in the top four of the Premier League, the Red Devils have won just one of their last four games in all competitions.

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That is despite having signed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window.

Solskjaer is still yet to win a trophy with United, with the closest he has got being a penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal in last season’s Europa League final.

The Norwegian has also failed to bring United close to winning their first title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, with his best result being a second-place finish last season, 12 points behind champions City.

The United boss should be praised for dispelling the gloom that fell over Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, but doubts are increasing that he can take them over that final hurdle.

The Red Devils could have taken a leaf out of Chelsea’s book and brought in an elite manager to finally return them to the top of the Premier League.

But the United hierarchy have proven that they have not learnt that lesson by handing Solskjaer and his backroom team new contracts.

Solskjaer was given a new deal in the summer, with assistant boss Phelan following suit this week, with both now tied down until 2024.

The United boss will have to improve performances quickly if he is to avoid Lampard’s fate, though the Red Devils arguably should have taken that decision already.
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