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Manchester United: Wan-Bissaka far from the finished article

Manchester United: Wan-Bissaka far from the finished article

Man United will surely be hoping to see their summer transfer window really kick into gear it the coming weeks.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to oversee a difficult period for the club which could well see a wealth of changes within the Old Trafford club’s squad, as big players seek moves away and the club’s management look for big players to come in and make a difference.

United have as yet only added Daniel James to the ranks, but it is a move which seems to spell out a different transfer strategy from the club.

That strategy seems to be being carried through too with the potential signing of Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who could be set to join the club in a move worth an initial £42.5m.

And while here in the Tavern we feel it’s a good signing, Wan-Bissaka has shown in recent weeks with England that he is far from the finished product United might seek.

The Red Devils will need to show patience with a player who only burst onto the scene last season at Selhurst Park, with the 21-year-old amassing an impressive 35 Premier League appearances.

However, Wan-Bissaka is still very much a raw talent, and we have seen in the under-21’s for his country this past week that he has a mistake in him, while positionally, he still has a lot to learn. Indeed, Aidy Boothroyd even said the saga surrounding him had an impact on some of his performances.

When we look around the Premier League at the top right backs such as Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool, you’d have to say Wan-Bissaka is some way off reaching that level as it stands, considering the fact the former has played in two European cup finals and the latter has struggled after a mini-transfer saga.

All the tools though are in place for the Palace youngster to succeed at Old Trafford. His pace, athleticism, and ability to create chances – three assists last season is not too shabby at all – all mark him out as someone who can fulfil the needs of the modern full-back.

In the long-term, all the signs point to this being money well spent by United.

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