Why Manchester United Should Go In For Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka5 min read
Manchester United have passed all but one test so far under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, having lost to Paris Saint-Germain remaining the only defeat of the Norwegian’s tenure. A recent draw against Liverpool, against all odds given the injury bonanza, showed how much the players are willing to fight for their new manager.
A number of players have improved since Solskjær took over from José Mourinho in late December, but one area of concern in the right back position still lives on. Ashley Young is filling in on the right-hand side, after Antonio Valencia’s omission from the squad as well as Matteo Darmian’s awaited exit.
Diogo Dalot is a young full back who came from Portugal last summer, but it would be unfair to throw him in the deep end repeatedly, not having the relevant experience to match the tasks he has to undertake.
Young might have signed a one-year extension with the club recently, but there is no doubt about it that he is starting to wind down and will need help in rotation from next season onwards. There are certain fixtures, such as the Liverpool clash and other ‘big games’, in which the Englishman is perfect for, but United also need to think to the future and start blooding new players in.
When looking to the immediate future in the right back position, there is one outstanding candidate that tops the bill: Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The full back has risen through the Crystal Palace academy after starting his career as a winger. He has been on a meteoric rise ever since making his debut in late February of 2018, being fast tracked under Roy Hodgson and in the space of a year has become a pivotal component in Palace’s first-team.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka offers the Eagles an added layer to their attack from having the understanding of what a winger needs to do down the flank. In the modern era, it is incredibly important for a team to have a wing back that provides support in an offensive manner, as well as defensively.
⚽🏃 Your wingers don't like him…Wan-Bissaka, Wan-Bissaka! 🎵 pic.twitter.com/N9hz4z2d9L
— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) March 21, 2018
One problem that the Red Devils have struggled with over the years is the lack of threat emanating from the wide areas. For one reason or another, Young’s crossing ability has spiralled drastically and he is now incredibly predictable when attempting to pick out players. Dalot has shown glimpses of what he can provide, but the regularity and consistency is not what it should be at this moment in time for a starting right back – which is fairly understandable given his age.
The Englishman certainly isn’t the finished article, but he is a couple of years ahead of where Dalot is in his career and can push on even further. Man United need stability within their ranks moving into next season, which is what Aaron Wan-Bissaka can provide, as well as the young Portuguese talent with competitively jostling for his place in the team.
There are clear signs that the London-born right back was a former winger with his intricate dribbling style and willingness to attack his opposite man. At too many times this season has Young either delivered a disappointing cross or cut back inside and halted United’s momentum, but with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, there is rarely a time in which he will not strive to make ground.
📆 Aaron Wan-Bissaka made his #CPFC 🦅 debut a year ago today.
What a year it's been! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/w1HHpP3f88
— Crystal Palace F.C. (H) (@CPFC) February 25, 2019
Palace know what a talent their player is and have him tied down until 2022. With multiple clubs circulating, the Eagles can demand upwards of £40 million with relative ease given the standard he’s showing as well as his future prime years that are set to take him into the England national team set-up.
It is about time that Manchester United reinvigorated their right-hand side, which includes a wide forward as well. With Wan-Bissaka just slotting in behind an out-and-out right winger, the Red Devils can add a different dimension to their attack.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka to sign for before 2nd September 2019