Rangnick faces big challenge moulding Wan-Bissaka into attacking full-back

Ralf Rangnick faces a number of challenges as Manchester United’s new interim manager, none more so then moulding Aaron Wan-Bissaka into an attacking full-back.

The club has confirmed that the 63-year-old will be in charge until the end of the season, before taking a consultancy position for two years.

The German coach is tasked with finding a way to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo, getting the team to press in his famed high-octane style, alongside competing with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

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As well as tightening up a backline, which has looked so open and vulnerable this season, Rangnick will want his full-backs to heavily contribute to the team’s attacking phases of play.

The Athletic report that ‘Rangnick likes his full-backs to push on and support the attack where possible, which will be less of a natural fit for Wan-Bissaka, whose strengths are more as a defence-first full-back’.

Wan-Bissaka has stagnated

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After shelling out £50m (BBC Sport) to Crystal Palace for Wan-Bissaka in the summer of 2019, it was hoped that United had secured a right-back, who would develop the attacking side of his game, to compliment his impressive one-v-one defending credentials.

But under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his inexperienced coaching team, the England under-21 international hasn’t kicked on.

Since the start of the season, it could be argued that Wan-Bissaka’s defensive side of the game has significantly regressed, and there continues to be no real signs of progression within his appetite to bomb forward.

The 24-year-old has been left behind by the likes of Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James. His England prospects are unlikely to change anytime soon.

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He is yet to register an assist this season from 17 matches played.

But maybe under the stewardship of Rangnick, the German could find a way of unlocking Wan-Bissaka’s true potential.

There is a clear hesitancy and nervousness from Wan-Bissaka when he is in possession currently. He sometimes looks a rabbit in the headlights and frightened to death of making a decision.

But his ability to defend has also alluded him this season. In the games against Manchester City and Liverpool where there was a no clear game plan in how we can stop our rivals, Wan-Bissaka was constantly wandering out of position and leaving gaping holes behind him.

He also made the reckless challenge on Thiago Silva which gave away the penalty at Stamford Bridge.

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Every Manchester United player is going to have to buy into Rangnick’s desire to press and methodical tactical approach.

Rangnick, dubbed the ‘godfather’ of gegenpressing, is going to have to minimal time he has at Carrington to improve and coach his players.

Wan-Bissaka is a player who looks desperately in need of some individual coaching from Rangnick.

But with the attack-minded Diogo Dalot hoping a change in management enhances his prospects of being given more chances, Wan-Bissaka has to buy into Rangnick’s philosophy, or risk finding himself on the side-lines.

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