Wan-Bissaka's lack of development is a big problem for Manchester United
Manchester United couldn’t get anywhere near Manchester City, but in yet another toothless performance where the problems continue to stack up, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was probably the biggest concern.
Playing against Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden, Wan-Bissaka was all at sea trying to contain two of Pep Guardiola’s chief creators.
Yes, there was a lack of fight and desire from the rest of his team mates, but Wan-Bissaka’s decision making at times was simply baffling.
The way that he just wanders out of position and allows the ball to be played into the space he las left behind him is mind-blowing.
We are talking about a player that Manchester United paid £50m (BBC Sport) for and you could argue that he is going backwards.
When he was signed from Crystal Palace, it was hoped he would develop into a marauding attacking full-back, who dominates the one-v-one duels against tricky wingers.
But he looks frightened to death to go beyond the halfway line and never really looks comfortable or in control of the ball, when in possession.
There is no wonder that Gareth Southgate doesn’t see him as a viable option for the England squad when he has the likes of Reece James, Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold at his disposal.
That’s the calibre of full-back this Manchester United team need, one who wants to bomb forward and contribute to United’s attacking side of the game.
Yes, TAA in particular can be caught out defensively, but we’re Manchester United, risk is something that is in our DNA.
In Wan-Bissaka, it’s hard to look past spending £50m on a player who loves to slide tackle and nothing more.
Another England full-back who would add quality from the wide areas is Kieran Tripper, who was linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford.
A move for the Atletico Madrid right-back didn’t materialise, which meant Diogo Dalot stayed at the club. The Portuguese youngster is nowhere near as defensively astute as Wan-Bissaka is, but he at least has a willingness to get forward.
Wan-Bissaka is way out-of-form and at times looked completely disinterested playing against one of United’s fiercest rivals on Saturday.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly doesn’t trust Dalot or isn’t willing to drop Wan-Bissaka for his poor form.
Cancelo’s assist for Bernardo Silva on the stroke of half-time was his fourth assist from his last two games, which is the amount Wan-Bissaka has over the last nine months.
Ethan Laird continues to shine on loan at Swansea City and if he continues to impress in the Championship this season maybe he could be the man to pile the pressure on Wan-Bissaka next season.
But Wan-Bissaka looks reluctant to step out of his comfort zone and that means United’s attacking side of the game becomes that more predictable and easier to play against.
There are a lot of things that need to change in this Manchester United team and fast, but Wan-Bissaka’s stagnation should be high on the issues that urgently need addressing.
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