Aaron Wan-Bissaka has a shot at redemption for Manchester United

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card against Young Boys in September was the moment Manchester United’s Champions League campaign threatened to veer off course.

United had been leading 1-0 and were in control of the group opener. After his red card, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer panicked with two defensive substitutions and invited pressure onto the team. United left Switzerland with a chastening 2-1 defeat.

Wan-Bissaka’s late tackle was deemed so serious by UEFA he was originally suspended for two games, although this was later reduced to one on appeal.

While United have gone on to clinch top spot in the group with a game to spare, Wan-Bissaka has a lot to prove.

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Dalot stakes his case

After sustaining a minor injury against Chelsea, a game in which he gave away a penalty, Wan-Bissaka missed the next two games.

He was replaced by right-back Diogo Dalot, who made his first Premier League start since 2019. He has now played back to back games, helping United to a first Old Trafford clean sheet of the season.

Dalot’s solid defensive work against Arsenal and Crystal Palace provides hope he can challenge Wan-Bissaka for his spot.

Wan-Bissaka has not kicked on as United might have hoped. His attacking play is a weakness and errors have crept into his defending.

Dalot is not perfect either, but United now finally have genuine competition. This can bring out the best in both players.

A chance to impress

Wan-Bissaka will be keen to show new interim manager Ralf Rangnick what he is capable of.

He will want to win back his place from Dalot for the Premier League games ahead.

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A strong Champions League performance in midweek could sway Rangnick into handing him a recall against Norwich on Saturday, despite Dalot’s improvement.

Wan-Bissaka will have to earn it. Young Boys showed in Switzerland they are a dangerous side, and United could have a makeshift backline, with changes likely.

For the £50 million right-back, this game is personal too. He will be determined to right the wrong of his bad memory in Switzerland when he was sent off, along with proving a point to his new boss.

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