Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be redundant at Manchester United but the ex-Crystal Palace right-back wants to stay at Old Trafford to be part of Erik ten Hag’s revolution by signing a new contract
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka will reportedly be forced to await Erik ten Hag’s verdict before signing a new contract at Manchester United.
The right-back, who joined the Red Devils in summer 2019 for £50million, has two years left on his current contract but could be redundant as Ten Hag look to rebuild a bloated squad. Wan-Bissaka wants to remain at Old Trafford for the new era, with the Sun claiming he is ready to agree new terms.
After United recently blocked requests for the 24-year-old, their representatives are said to have proposed a new long-term deal. However, the club are reluctant to make decisions ahead of Ten Hag’s reign over their underperforming squad in the pre-season.
Crystal Palace have been linked with the signing of Wan-Bissaka but their staggering wages mean even a loan deal would be difficult to negotiate. The England youth international, who also qualifies for Congo DR, has lost his status as the Red Devils’ first-choice right-back with Diogo Dalot usurping him under Ralf Rangnick.
Dalot will be part of Ten Hag’s plans, with his attacking qualities outweighing his weaker defensive qualities compared to the stable Wan-Bissaka, who was a favorite under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Doubts about his future at the club have been voiced throughout the season, with criticism from Old Trafford legend Roy Keane standing out.
“I don’t even think Palace would take him back,” Keane told Sky Sports. “He’s not good enough for Manchester United. No feeling for the ball, no decision-making. But what Manchester United have always had over the years are players with character, with personalities – I don’t see that in this group.”
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However, former United defender Paul Parker believes Wan-Bissaka has been unfairly criticised, telling MyBettingSites: ‘Because after what’s going on at Manchester United, in the way the press is going about it speaking him was made a bit of a scapegoat. To be perfectly honest, if I look at it, is Dalot a better player than Wan-Bissaka? No, he’s not.
“Absolutely not, overall you’re better off with Wan-Bissaka than Dalot because if you look at some things you want first and foremost a right-back who can defend and they don’t have that.”
Atletico Madrid have also been linked with interest and Parker thinks it would be a good move. “The only thing Atletico Madrid would love about him is that he won’t need much training on how to defend one-on-one,” he added.
“He would learn a bit more about unity within a back four in the traditional sense. Hopefully he doesn’t come back too undisciplined because there’s always a chance when you play for (Diego) Simeone for Atletico Madrid the way they play.
“But I think if it’s going to happen it will do him good to go there and maybe come back. It could be a really good move for him to just move on and play in this league. Maybe it will be a good learning curve for him.”
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