We are pretty happy that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is joining Manchester United.

And at the same time, under no illusions that at 21 he is still a player who is a little rough around the edges.

United are deliberately targeting top quality young talent, not players at their peak, who may not care for the club.

Former United striker Michael Owen is predictably struggling to grasp this.

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Wan-Bissaka’s best qualities are his defensive attributes.

The Telegraph reported in March that he was statistically the most effective defender in Europe.

 

United conceded 54 Premier League goals last season, 34 more than the division’s best. Improving at the back is a priority, and this is why Wan-Bissaka has been signed.

Having started of his career as a winger, Wan-Bissaka can add to his game going forward. He will get more time in possession at United, and has plenty of time to improve.

Attack minded Diogo Dalot also provides balance in that regard.

Owen is wrong to criticise. £50 million is the going rate for a player of his calibre and potential. United have got the strategy right.

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