Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag impressed by Aaron Wan-Bissaka amid uncertain future
According to Alex Crook of talkSPORT via utdreport on Twitter (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been left impressed by Aaron Wan-Bissaka despite the latter’s future being surrounded by uncertainty. However, that could now change if the full-back would continue to do the same moving forward with the pre-season slowly upon us.
Man United had already offered Wan-Bissaka’s services to various clubs at the beginning of the summer transfer window. That appeared to be the right decision as he looked to be the wrong fit in the right-back spot. He seemed to be near the exit doors at that point, but that may no longer be the case going by this update.
The England international remains adamant that he can showcase his worth to ten Hag moving forward. The boss has acknowledged Wan-Bissaka’s determination and attitude and is likely to provide him with opportunities to prove himself during the upcoming pre-season friendlies.
Could Wan-Bissaka turn things around?
It is good to see that the delicate situation surrounding his future has not let Wan-Bissaka down even during these times. The 24-year-old’s mentality is something that could be applauded as his desire to fight for a spot could certainly have influenced ten Hag.
But having the right mindset alone is not enough, as Wan-Bissaka’s profile may not suit our style of play and especially under ten Hag looking at the coach’s days at Ajax. The fans have become well aware of the fact that the defender is more suited to a defensive team where full-backs are not asked to push forward.
Wan-Bissaka’s ability to offer himself and draw out opponents through runs is excellent, but he falls short when it comes to link-up play, which has led to the current situation. However, if ten Hag believes he should deserve a tryout during pre-season, then the right-back should get that rightful opportunity.
The Red Devils did make quite an investment when they signed Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace back in 2019. The move cost us £45million guaranteed plus another £5million in bonuses which in hindsight looks to be one of the rather disappointing pieces of business done by the club.
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Parting ways with the Premier League ace now would mean that we would probably incur massive losses looking at how he fared since moving to Old Trafford. However, Wan-Bissaka has now been handed a clean slate, but whether he can succeed in getting into ten Hag’s plans or not remains to be seen.