Manchester United held talks with a former Manchester City academy player who is now a world-class footballer.

In order to advance with his team, Erik ten Hag has already started conversations with Manchester United about becoming their first acquisition of the summer.

The next few days will be crucial for United as they continue to pursue a potential cup treble and the possibility to prevent their rivals from winning the Treble as part of it.

Manchester City may become the first English team to do it since 1999 this year. United is still the only English team to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League all in the same season.

And if Phil Jones plays in defense for this weekend’s semi-final with brighton, United may need to win the FA Cup next month to defeat Pep Guardiola’s team, which won’t be possible.

There’s no doubt that Ten Hag has already improved the team from last season, when Ralf Rangnick led the team for the second half of the campaign.

The additions of Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen have certainly helped with their form this year, but there is still work to be done.

No doubt, a striker is top of the Dutchman’s wish list for the upcoming transfer window, with Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen both heavily linked.

But it’s not the only area of the pitch that needs improving, and the former Ajax boss has already opened talks with his first target of the year.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the club have started negotiations with the representatives of Bayer Leverkusen right back Jeremie Frimpong.

Diogo Dalot started at right back for Ten Hag back in August, and seemed to be the only choice for the manager, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka given little game time.

The former Crystal Palace full back has usurped his teammate as first choice in recent months however, and improved his ability on the ball.

However, despite Dalot’s first goal for the club last weekend, it seems that the manager still wants to improve his options in the position, and one of the current players would likely have to be sold.

Frimpong, who isn’t out of contract until 2025, is no stranger to the city of Manchester, having been at the City academy at the age of six.

He left for Celtic back in 2019, before moving to Leverkusen two years later, the 22-year-old has played a majority of matches for his team since the move.

Several defenders are likely to leave Old Trafford in the summer, including players who are currently out on loan, in the shape of Alex Telles and Eric Bailly.

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