When the transfer window began, there was speculation Manchester United could sign a new right-back. This does not seem likely now with just one day left.

Fortunately the need seems less pressing. Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s disappointing form at the end of December has improved a lot lately.

Wan-Bissaka’s defensive nous helped United in both games against Liverpool, and at the weekend he was impressive as the team kept a clean sheet away at Arsenal.

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The main criticism of Wan-Bissaka has not been his defending, it has been his lack of contribution in attack. In the final third against the Gunners he was in confident mood.

United actually looked dangerous when he attacked and got forward on the right. This has not been a common occurrence in his first 18 months at United.

Notable numbers

Wan-Bissaka made two key passes, second only to Luke Shaw. He has now created five chances in his last two games, one more than Bruno Fernandes (4).

 

The United defender made 98 touches in total, completing 89 per cent of his passes.

Defensively Wan-Bissaka led United with four tackles, and four interceptions. Only Fred made the same combined number of eight.

He also made one crucial block to deny Willian early in the second half.

Wan-Bissaka is not helped by United’s lack of a right winger. He often has to do double duty and pick up the slack for that. It is good to see him making some progress, and the weekend’s display was a step in the right direction.

Fan reaction

Here is a look at how United supporters reacted to Wan-Bissaka’s performance…

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