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What Aaron Wan-Bissaka will bring to Manchester United should they land £60million rated star

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 11/06/2019 David Alexander Hughes
a man with a football ball on a field: LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) © Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Having had one bid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka turned down it is expected Manchester United will submit another offer for the Crystal Palace defender.

The defender has generated a lot of interest after an array of standout displays for the Eagles last season, and United appear to be the most keen to sign the Englishman.

With an ageing Ashley Young currently United’s most relied upon right-sided wing-back, there is almost no doubt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue to pursue the defender.

However, with rumours of the likes of Manchester City also sniffing around the 21-year-old, it would likely take a huge fee in order to land his signature. But would the that investment prove a wise one for United?

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Firstly, it’s important to understand the direction Solskjaer is looking to take United and the style of philosophy he wants to deploy.

Since the Norwegian arrived at the club, he has made it clear that he wants his team to dominate games and build attacks from the back, utilising his wing-back positions. So far, he has usually relied upon the likes of Luke Shaw on the left or Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot on right to commence their attacks, pushing high to provide width and support for their midfielders and forwards.

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Note the positioning of Young and in particular Dalot in below’s pass map taken from Manchester United’s final game of the season vs Cardiff.

Both are pushed high and wide up the pitch while Scott McTominay has dropped deeper to provide defensive cover through the middle. The arrival of Wan-Bissaka could bring more edge to the United attack.

This season in the league, he has proven himself a great attacking outlet for Palace and has averaged 1.88 progressive runs per 90 minutes. He is surprisingly fleet-footed and averages 4.5 dribbles per 90 minutes with a success rate of over 72 per cent.

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This betters any current right-back in the United squad and ranks him first overall in this department in terms of Premier League right-backs who have played over 1000 league minutes this season.

Once in these advanced area's he averages a decent 1.77 crosses per 90 minutes with a success rate of 33.33 per cent. Although Young attempts more frequent crosses into the box, he has a severely depleted success rate of just 19.63%.

Although Wan-Bissaka illustrates a prowess in getting into these attacking positions, his average of 0.05 key passes per 90 minutes and an overall total of just three league assists last season demonstrates a need to improve his final ball.

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However, it is easy to forget he is still just 21 years old and continuing his overall development. These numbers will likely be boosted by playing with improved players at Old Trafford next season should he make the switch. 

Although his attacking aptitude has brought the bulk of plaudits this year, it is worth noting he is just as assured defensively. He averages just over three successful tackles per 90 minutes and 7.65 interceptions per 90 minutes.

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This means he often showcases the capacity to win the ball back from defensive situations and quickly launch a counter attack for his team, utilising his dribbling or ball carrying ability.

While not yet the finished article, his potential mixed with his current skill set make him an appealing proposition. He looks an ideal suitor for Solskjaer’s philosophy and should prove a wise investment should the club get a deal over the line this summer. 

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