A Man Utd move for a Bundesliga defender who’d fit Erik ten Hag’s system to a tee will open the door for West Ham to complete a raid they sized up on deadline day, per reports.
Erik ten Hag is quietly righting the wrongs of his predecessors at Old Trafford. The Dutchman believes player contracts have been too easy to earn in the past, with the Telegraph claiming he’s urged the club to adopt a firmer approach.
Elsewhere, Ten Hag has his United side working as hard on the defensive side of the game as they do going forward. That demand is one of the primary reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t playing.
The Manchester United legend hit the headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. United’s punishment for Ronaldo refusing to come on against Tottenham and then leaving the ground before full time was backed by the manager.
Ronaldo’s fairy-tale return to United is devolving into something of a nightmare and which Premier League club he could join in January has been revealed.
Shifting Ronaldo will be another tick in the box for Ten Hag. If United are to ever reel in the likes of Man City, they cannot continue harkening back to the past.
Ten Hag has the full support of the United board and wherever he wants an upgrade, the decision-makers will likely make it happen.
Right-back is one such area with Sky Germany recently detailing United’s interest in Jeremie Frimpong.
Man Utd want greater threat from right-back
The former Man City academy star, 21, is excelling at Bayer Leverkusen and already has five goals to his name from wing-back this season.
United want to retain current starter Diogo Dalot for the long haul. The Portuguese has a one-year option the club can trigger that would extend his stay until 2024.
A longer-term deal is wanted by United, though the one-year extension gives them security if that doesn’t happen. Real Madrid and Barcelona are known admirers of Dalot.
Dalot has done little wrong and as such, the Manchester Evening News suggest it would be Aaron Wan-Bissaka making way if Frimpong were signed. Another attacking upgrade reportedly on United’s radar is Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries.
Wan-Bissaka split time almost equally with Dalot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and later Ralf Rangnick last season. But under Ten Hag, Wan-Bissaka is a distant second choice.
Indeed, he’s racked up a measly four minutes of action across all competitions this year. The Europa League could’ve provided an opportunity for the ex-Crystal Palace right-back to prove his worth, but Ten Hag hasn’t given him the chance.
West Ham can complete unfinished business
David Moyes’ side attempted to sign Wan-Bissaka on deadline day of the last window.
talkSPORT claimed United rejected the last-ditch approach after failing to sign a new right-back of their own. While Ten Hag doesn’t seem to rate Wan-Bissaka highly, it made no sense to shift a depth piece if no one were signed to fill the void.
HammersNews cast strong doubts over the long-term viability of Moyes’ current options in the position – Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson.
Furthermore academy graduate Harrison Ashby has only made six senior appearances and it’s too early to entrust him with being a Premier League starter.
It’s claimed West Ham will therefore still be in the market for a right-back come January and Wan-Bissaka may well be available if United make a signing of their own.
At 24, Wan-Bissaka still should have the best years of his career ahead. He simply needs a move somewhere where he’ll play, and West Ham may be that place.