Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford praises out-of-favour Aaron Wan-Bissaka for his performance against Burnley
Manchester United talisman Marcus Rashford praised out-of-favour defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka for his contribution to United’s first goal against Burnley in the Carabao Cup Round of 16.
Although we saw a very different Burnley side to what everyone has been accustomed to in the past years, United handled the pressure really well and had a comfortable night with a 2-0 win in spite of many key players missing from the line-up.
One of the missing players was Diogo Dalot and in his place came Bissaka who has had very few opportunities under Erik ten Hag and could potentially be on his way out of Old Trafford with West Ham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and former club Crystal Palace interested in his services.
However, when called upon against Burnley,’ The Spider’ did not disappoint and actually played a crucial role in United’s opener and provided an impressive assist for Christian Eriksen.
Man of the Match Rashford, while speaking to MUTV (h/t Manchester Evening News) was asked post-game about his verdict on the full-back’s performance and the forward only had good things to say about his teammate.
“We all know about his defensive qualities and, for me, he just needs confidence to be pushed to go forward because when he goes forward he can create goalscoring opportunities for us and today he had no right to get that ball but he got there anyway.
It was a great goal and Azza played a massive part.”
Signed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Wissaka was the first choice right back in the two full seasons under the Norwegian but lost his place to Dalot once Ten Hag took over the reins.
Wissaka often received praise for his defensive contributions but at the same time was on the end of constant criticism for a lack of attacking output in his game.
A traditional full-back by all rights, there is no denying his capability as a defender but the modern game does require the full-backs to move up and down the flank frequently and form a part of the attack, something which his competition Dalot does impressively.
United are looking at different profiles at right-back to provide competition for Dalot, hence somewhat signifying that Wissaka’s time at Old Trafford might be coming to an end.
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Irrespective of the outcome, the player showed complete diligence and responsibility when called upon and deserved applause from fans when substituted.
A loan move for the player may be on the cards and just as we have seen with Dalot and Anthony Martial, it could just be the momentum the player needs to set things in motion.