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Manchester United: Erik ten Hag eyeing Jeremie Frimpong

Manchester United are looking to swoop for reinforcements in January, with boss Erik ten Hag set to bolster the squad across the park and challenge for major silverware across multiple fronts once again. 

What’s the word?

Sky Sports Germany report that Bayer Leverkusen wing-back Jeremie Frimpong is one such player on the Red Devils’ radar, with a move set to materialise as the winter transfer window draws near. 

Reporter Florian Plettenberg took to Twitter to discuss the matter, saying: “He [Frimpong] is aware of United’s interest now. Within MUFC they say he is “very interesting”. Talks after WC. His departure from Leverkusen more than possible 2023.”

With Diogo Dalot currently starring down the lower right flank for United, the board are looking to provide healthy competition, with Frimpong wielder of all the tools required to flourish for the ambitious side. 

Wan-Bissaka upgrade

When Aaron Wan-Bissaka emerged onto the scene with Crystal Palace, fans were captivated by his brilliant defensive arsenal and knack for timing precise, crushing tackles with pace and assurance. 

Since signing for Manchester United, he has found himself edged further away from prominence, now failing to earn minutes under Ten Hag, and Frimpong, rated at £26m, would be an upgrade, suiting the Dutch manager’s positive philosophy. 

Scoring five goals and providing three assists – including two in the Champions League – in 23 outings for Die Werkself this term, Frimpong is quickly asserting his offensive authority for his side.

And as per FBref, the starlet possesses some of the best metrics around; compared to full-backs across Europe’s top five leagues, Frimpong ranks within the top percentile for non-penalty xG and successful dribbles, whilst also ranking within the top 2% for touches in the offensive box and the top 8% for progressive passes received.

If United were to complete the deal, they would have one of the best offensive full-backs in the business, and at just 21 years old, he could develop his abilities and shape him into a formidable player of their making.

Wan-Bissaka, for all his defensive pedigree, simply does not suit United, who look to implement pressured, forward-thinking manoeuvres, swiftly transitioning from defence to attack and getting the offence into dangerous positions. 

The future is bright for this particular “exciting talent“, who is currently included in the Netherlands World Cup, despite not featuring on the pitch thus far. 

Frimpong, on £35k-per-week, has been described as “amazing”, and would certainly boost United in their pursuit of greener pastures in the near future, bringing a kaleidoscope of forward drive and athletic ability to aid the Red Devils’ endeavours.