Rio Ferdinand feels that Aaron Wan-Bissaka faces a “hell of a job” getting into the Manchester United team ahead of Diogo Dalot, under Ralf Rangnick.
The Portuguese full-back retained his place in the starting line-up, in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace, despite United’s number 29 being fit for a place on the bench against his former side.
Michael Carrick revealed that Wan-Bissaka missed Thursday’s win against Arsenal because of a hand injury he suffered against Chelsea.
With Luke Shaw being absent since the concussion he sustained against Watford last month, Alex Telles has started the last four games.
It was evident in Rangnick’s first game in charge of United that the 63-year-old wants his full-backs to play high up the pitch and heavily contribute to the team’s attacking side of the game.
Dalot and Telles were constant outlets for United and flourished in Rangnick’s new setup for the team.
However, attacking isn’t something that comes naturally to Wan-Bissaka and Rio Ferdinand believes the 24-year-old may struggle to retain his place.
Speaking on his latest FIVE podcast, the former Manchester United centre-back, said: “Wan-Bissaka has got one hell of a job getting back in this team.
“One thing this manager [Rangnick] likes is full-backs that can actually play and get on the ball, alongside doing the pressing. But with the ball he wants output and I think that’s the weakest part of Wan-Bissaka’s game.
“I think there is going to be a big fight on to get himself back in this team.”
There is no doubt that Wan-Bissaka will be a huge beneficiary from having valuable training time with Rangnick at Carrington.
But the right-back will be hoping to start and impress his new manager in tomorrow night’s Champions League clash against Young Boys.
The final game of Group F will also give the England under-21 international the opportunity to atone for his red card against the Swiss side, which came on the first matchday.
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