Manchester United’s midfield has gone from being one of the team’s big weaknesses to becoming one of the side’s real strengths under Erik ten Hag.

That’s what happens when you add world class players like Casemiro and Christian Eriksen, under one of the most exciting managers in football.

Both with both Casemiro and Eriksen hitting 30, United have to look to the future too, and this is reportedly on the agenda for summer 2023.

The Mirror report United are set to revive interest in Jude Bellingham, ahead of his expected departure from Borussia Dortmund next summer.

The newspaper states: “Ten Hag and United Football Director John Murtough have held several meetings to identify summer transfer targets and have put Bellingham at the top of their list.”

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Setting Manchester United up for future success

Manchester United came close to signing Bellingham in 2020 before he chose Borussia Dortmund, believing it to be best for his development.

He has performed well in Germany, and is set to go to the World Cup with England, with his profile rising to make him one of the most coveted players on the globe.

Bellingham even visited United’s training ground two years ago, with club ambassador Bryan Robson saying he believed the deal was done.

The England international is only 19, and if United sign him, it will set the club’s midfield up for the next decade. Even though there is plenty of talent at the club, Bellingham is regarded as too good to miss out on.

This season he has scored seven goals in 17 games for Dortmund, including four in the Champions League.

Bellingham to Manchester United would devastate Liverpool

United are currently looking in a good position to secure Champions League football, with former star Rio Ferdinand this week saying he would ‘put his house’ on it.

A top four place – or qualification for the competition via the Europa League – will be essential to winning the race for Bellingham.

One club who are not looking so good right now are Liverpool, who languish down in a lowly ninth place, just five points above the relegation zone.

They chose not to sign any midfielders last summer, saving funds for a 2023 tilt at landing Jude Bellingham. This could spectacularly backfire.

The way it is looking, Liverpool won’t be able to offer Champions League football, and Manchester United will – and this can decide the chase for Bellingham.

Seeing Bellingham at United would devastate Liverpool, showing that United are the club with more forward momentum heading into the years ahead. It’s no wonder Erik ten Hag has set his sights on him.

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