Aaron Wan-Bissaka provided the pass for Bruno Fernandes to score Manchester United’s opener against Liverpool.

While Fernandes’ shot had the help of a deflection, the goal was awarded to him, meaning Wan-Bissaka was credited with the assist.

This was the second game in a row Wan-Bissaka had played in which he provided an assist, following his pass for Mason Greenwood’s goal in the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.

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This was Wan-Bissaka’s fifth assist of the season in all competitions, and he now has just one fewer than Luke Shaw.

Former United star Gary Neville believes opposition teams have been allowing Wan-Bissaka too much possession, and this is now coming back to bite them.

Speaking on Sky commentary, Neville said: “Teams used to say let Aaron Wan-Bissaka have it. It’s getting to the point now where he’s got to be dealt with, because he’s starting to have an impact going forward.”

 

United had an off night in the end, going onto lose 4-2, with a disjointed display after taking the lead.

Slowly getting better

Defensively Wan-Bissaka is excellent, and it is in attack where he needs to develop and improve. The last couple of weeks he has started to have some luck at the other end.

With his attacking improvement, it was always going to be gradual progress and not an overnight one. He is at least showing some signs of improving, but as Neville points out, it may become more difficult for him if teams start to assess him as a risk and deny him the time and space on the ball he currently gets.

There is still a debate over which country he will represent at international level. If Wan-Bissaka’s attacking improvement has also been recognised by England boss Gareth Southgate, he could get a call-up for Euro 2020.

Next season he might have extra competition too, from a new right-back or either Ethan Laird or Diogo Dalot after their loans. United will hope that the extra competition can drive him on to further improvement.

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