Manchester United were approached by Crystal Palace and West Ham over the possibility of signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer.
You may be surprised to read that United have rejected both of those approaches because they intent to keep the right-back for the coming season, as per The Athletic. The report also states that the 24-year-old will remain second choice right-back for the season ahead, despite only making one appearance from the bench since the competitive campaign kicked off.
This comes as quite a surprise because once Brandon Williams is fully fit, I think he stands a better chance of getting game time than Wan-Bissaka under Erik ten Hag, in the current system.
Is Wan-Bissaka good enough for United?
I don’t want this to sound harsh, but the former Palace academy graduate is the antibody of a full-back under Ten Hag. He never looks comfortable in the final third and his overall game is lacking. It’s a genuine shame that he hasn’t developed into a better footballer since joining the club in 2019.
It just feels like Wan-Bissaka will become another one of those players who sticks around at United despite not being part of the manager’s plans.
Ten Hag is trying to ensure he has two options in each position, but maybe we should have kept Ethan Laird instead of Wan-Bissaka? Hopefully the former develops during his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.
A return to Palace would have suited Wan-Bissaka. It would have seen him return to familiar surroundings, a club that understands what he needs and he won’t be asked to get forward as much.