Thomas Tuchel sympathises with Erik ten Hag over 'noisy pundits' around Manchester United
Thomas Tuchel and Erik ten Hag can certainly sympathise with each other when it comes to the size of the spotlight on their respective clubs ahead of a first head-to-head between the two at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
The German and Dutch coaches are in charge of the biggest teams in their country and clubs that dominate the news cycle, for better or worse. Bayern Munich won an 11th straight Bundesliga title last season but seemed to spend most of the campaign in crisis.
In Manchester, United enjoyed an encouraging first season with Ten Hag at the helm, but the crisis footing never feels like it is far away at Old Trafford. They might not be quite there yet, but United are certainly flirting with that cracked badge that signifies a club that has lost control.
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They have lost three of their first five league games for the first time in 34 years and two wingers signed for a total of £158 million are currently unavailable for selection in Antony and Jadon Sancho.
United tend to dominate the news agenda whether they are doing well or not and Tuchel has experience of that having worked at Chelsea. He also pointed out the plethora of former United players who worked as pundits, which he believes increases the news around the club when things aren't going well, something Ten Hag is beginning to find out for himself.
"I felt with Manchester United there was always a lot of noise, a lot of pundits are ex-players from Manchester United, you have this legacy from Sir Alex Ferguson which creates a lot of pressure, a lot of expectation around Manchester United," the Bayern boss said.