Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a real play to win back his starting spot

One small moment was missing at Old Trafford on Saturday against Watford: A goal. Had United managed to break the deadlock, we would have been talking about one of the best and most complete team performances of the season.

So amid the frustration of gaining just a point, lets take a brief moment to note Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s improved performance as he fights for his place.

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Wan-Bissaka was becoming a forgotten man at Old Trafford under Ralf Rangnick, with Diogo Dalot preferred. But without any real explanation, Dalot has been dropped for United’s last three fixtures.

If these decisions were just tactical ones, against Watford, Wan-Bissaka made a real case to try and reclaim his starting spot on a regular basis.

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Strong display from Wan-Bissaka

Many of United’s best moments came from Wan-Bissaka’s right side, particularly in the first half. He even managed to provide a threat with his crosses.

The right-back created three chances, including two from crosses. This was more key passes than Bruno Fernandes (2).

For all Diogo Dalot’s good work going forward lately, he has struggled with his crossing. This is a criticism widely levelled at Wan-Bissaka, but against Watford he was better than usual.

Wan-Bissaka had more touches than any player on the pitch with 111, completing 84.5 per cent of his passes.

Defensively he was typically sound, winning three tackles, making 11 ball recoveries and one interception, plus one block.

Competition at right-back

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The time out of the side should have been a shock to the system for Wan-Bissaka, and Ralf Rangnick would have wanted him to come back determined to prove a point.

Saturday’s display was encouraging, and whatever reason Dalot was dropped for, he could face a real fight to regain his place for the next game.

United’s next set of matches get tough, with City, Atletico, Tottenham and Liverpool. Wan-Bissaka could have a role to play, whereas a fortnight ago this looked very unlikely.

Wan-Bissaka’s display raises the challenge to Dalot too. If he was getting too comfortable, he can’t be so now. There is a real battle for the right-back spot, at least until the end of the season – when a new face could be signed who is better than both of them.

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