Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been fantastic since signing in the summer.
He will be in contention for United’s player of the year award after a season of outstanding defensive performances.
At just 22-years-old it is easy to see United have signed the club’s right-back of the future.
The £50 million the club spent on him was well judged and looks like astute business. That is more than can be said of neighbours City, who spent even more on a right-back this past summer.
BBC Sport reported City spent £60 million on signing Joao Cancelo from Juventus, while sending Danilo in the other direction.
Cancelo belongs in the ‘flop’ category of summer signings, and would be getting more attention if he were at a different club.
The Portugal international has started only eight Premier League games this season, playing a further three from the bench.
It’s a poor return from their investment. He has been fit all season too, he just hasn’t done enough to hold down a place. The Sun reported last month City could cut their losses and sell him in the summer.
Struggles make Wan-Bissaka deal look even better
Report in Italy last year (TMW) claimed United were considering Cancelo as an option.
The 25-year-old was a credible option at right-back, but United were clearly right to set sights on Wan-Bissaka instead.
Wan-Bissaka had proven himself in the Premier League last season as a statistical leader in several key categories.
He was a nailed-on success for United and several clubs, perhaps City included, will be kicking themselves for not pursuing a deal themselves.
In Wan-Bissaka we have a player who has been described by Sky’s Jamie Carragher as the ‘best one v one defender in the world’, and he has shut down Raheem Sterling on multiple occasions this season.
Signing him for £50 million was an easy decision really. But when you see how City got it wrong for a similar amount , it makes you appreciate the deal even more. How many City fans will be wishing they had signed Wan-Bissaka right now?
So many times over the past decade it has been City making shrewd transfer moves and United bungling moves by signing expensive flops.
This time the roles reversed, and followed up with an astute move for Bruno Fernandes recently, it looks like United’s recruitment is finally in a good place.
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