Aaron Wan-Bissaka is showing that he’s starting to grow as a footballer.
Manchester United fans will deservedly send praise Cristiano Ronaldo’s way for scoring yet another winner. However, against Atalanta, particularly in that second half, there were many top performances.
Fans rightly loved Fred’s output as he covered every blade of grass. However, here at Old Trafford Faithful, we were big fans of what Aaron Wan-Bissaka offered.
The full-back has often been criticised, mostly for his lack of attacking output, but we’ve seen drastic improvements from the 23-year-old recently. He continued that with a top-quality outing last night.
Obviously, Wan-Bissaka’s season took an early hit as he was sent off in a terrible loss to Young Boys. But since then, the Spider has been nigh-on perfect on both sides of the ball.
First and foremost, he seems to have fixed that back-post weakness within his game. Time and time again last year, Wan-Bissaka would be exposed with balls from the opposite flank being swung in his direction. However, he’s sorted out his positional awareness and that (touch wood), is no longer causing him issues.
Time and time again, the lack of attacking quality is often levelled at Wan-Bissaka as the weak point of his game. Now that he’s got a consistent partner in the form of Mason Greenwood in front of him, we’re starting to see what the former Crystal Palace man can do.
There was one moment against Atalanta where Wan-Bissaka carried the ball from deep inside his own half, beat a few players and got the United crowd back into it. That little bit of individual brilliance genuinely helped turn the tide back into our favour and that cannot be understated.
This isn’t us expecting Wan-Bissaka to start delivering the attacking output of a Trent Alexander-Arnold, but we all understood he had to get better in that area. I’m pleased to report the now 23-year-old is definitely working on that aspect of his game – and it’s already benefitting the whole side.
Defensively, Wan-Bissaka has remained as monstrous as ever, particularly in the slide tackle. At the end of the day, that’s his number one job first and foremost and I’d pick Wan-Bissaka over any other defender in the world. I don’t say that lightly.
Although it’s frustrating that Wan-Bissaka doesn’t get the credit he often deserves, nor is he even seriously considered for an England call-up, that can work to United’s advantage. It allows the full-back to develop at his own pace without pressure. Yes, we’d all love to see him in the Three Lions setup, but it also means he’s playing fewer games – which is another good thing for the Old Trafford club.
For now, let’s just support Wan-Bissaka and enjoy the obvious improvement that he’s making. We have a top-quality talent on our hands who is getting better year-in-year-out. Last night was just another example of him moving in the right direction.
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