It is not Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s job to score goals, although as many have pointed out, part of his role is to create them.
He is improving in this department, providing a top class assist with an inch perfect cross for Anthony Martial to score a headed goal against Chelsea.
As an outstanding defender, Wan-Bissaka has the key part of his game already at an elite level. Now he has to finesse it with more attacking potency.
In terms of assists, he will gradually add to these. Whether he will ever score a goal, on the other hand, remains to be seen.
Top 30 of all time
Figures collated by MUFCInfo show Wan-Bissaka has made 33 appearances for United this season without scoring.
Remarkably this is already among the top 30 United outfield players of all time in terms of games played without a goal.
Wan-Bissaka is 29th overall, and looks set to steadily climb this list.
At the top is former fullback Charlie Moore who made 328 appearances with no goals between 1921 and 1931.
Many of the records are pre-war, and the highest of the post-Matt Busby era is Mal Donaghy, with 119 games between 1988 and 1992.
Taking players who featured from 1980 onwards, Wan-Bissaka is already third on the list, with Billy Garton, ’83-1990 sitting on 56.
Harry Maguire recently removed himself from this list with a goal against Tranmere last month, which he added to against Chelsea.
Wan-Bissaka recently overtook the likes of Ronnie Wallwork, Jonathan Greening and Paddy McNair. Timothy Fosu-Mensah sits on 21 and counting.
Will he ever score?
Wan-Bissaka rarely gets forward into positions to get on the scoresheet. Whoscored.com note that he is averaging just one shot every five games.
He didn’t score for Crystal Palace either, making 46 appearances with no goals. So this should be no surprise.
Former United right-back Gary Neville once featured prominently on this list himself.
He made 113 appearances for United before finally scoring his first in 1997 against Middlesbrough. He went onto score seven in total in 602 appearances.
Eventually Wan-Bissaka will probably get on the scoresheet and remove himself from this list. Perhaps it doesn’t matter, his defensive work more than makes up for it, and he is improving his crossing.
At present, he isn’t showing many signs of breaking his duck. With more confidence in his attacking game, he might eventually surprise people.
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