After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s press conference on Friday, it seemed Aaron Wan-Bissaka was set to miss Manchester United’s game with Leicester
Wan-Bissaka shook off his back injury and doubtful tag and was passed fit for the fixture at Old Trafford.
This was commendable enough. His performance made his return to action even better.
Wan-Bissaka pushing through the pain barrier to play for United was very welcome.
United were already missing Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial through injury, along with defenders Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot.
This put a real strain on United’s defensive options, and United really needed Wan-Bissaka to be available.
Some players would care more about themselves than the team, and not push the extra mile to be passed fit. Wan-Bissaka’s desire to play was evident, and we were thankful for it.
Wan-Bissaka’s push to play was made even better by the performance which followed.
The right-back did not miss a beat, helping United to keep a clean sheet and beat Leicester 1-0.
It was just the second shutout United had managed this season, with both coming at Old Trafford.
Wan-Bissaka played all 90 minutes, making two tackles, two interceptions and once clearance. These were low numbers by his standards, but he was a positive contributor all the same.
He even got forward to create one chance, and managed 60 touches in total.
It may be wise for United to rest Wan-Bissaka in midweek against Astana in the Europa League, so that he is fresh to face West Ham in the Premier League next Sunday.
He proved his point this weekend, and the summer signing should feel happy that he stepped up and played his role in the team earning three points. Already it looks like United signed a gem this summer.
Desire and quality are two of the key traits United need from signings. Wan-Bissaka has shown he has both.
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