Roy Keane doesn’t hold back when it comes to his former club Manchester United.
The Reds were beaten 3-2 by league leaders Arsenal, losing after a 90th minute goal from Eddie Nketiah.
While United opening the scoring through Marcus Rashford they threw away the lead far too easily. David de Gea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were at fault for some poor passing at the back which lead to Arsenal’s equalising goal.
Keane gave his assessment on Wan-Bissaka after the game for Sky Sports and he wasn’t very complimentary. The Irishman doesn’t believe the right-back is of the required standard for United, although it’s important to note that he was filling in for an injured Diogo Dalot. That makes him a back-up option.
The former United captain said (via The Mirror): “He’s not great going forward or in possession so people say he’s a really good defender.
“I actually don’t think he’s that good a defender. I think we will see that for the other goal as well.
“I looked at him over the last few years and I don’t see that big improvement.
“For a full-back which is such a huge position to play for Man United, I don’t see it.”
Wan-Bissaka’s performance against Arsenal saw him revert back to the type of player United fans are familiar with, though that seems like a harsh thing to say when he’s done very well since the return of domestic football (post-World Cup).
That doesn’t change the fact he let those standards slip at the Emirates Stadium.
You could argue he has done enough to change Erik ten Hag’s mind about needing to sign a new backup option at right-back midway through the season. United are best waiting until the summer because I think most fans will be reserving judgement on Diogo Dalot being a regular.
The Portuguese full-back was exceptional throughout the first half of the season. Should he replicate that when he returns from injury, he could make a claim to be our new long-term right-back.