Do Manchester United even need Aaron Wan-Bissaka?


Reports suggest that Manchester United are interested in signing Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. But do they even need him?

Manchester United have reportedly had a £40million bid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka rejected by Crystal Palace.

According to Sky Sports, the Eagles want at least £60million for the right-back, who still has three years remaining on his contract.

Wan-Bissaka has represented various Palace youth sides since the age of 11, before transitioning to the first team in the 2017-18 season.

Although initially starting out as a squad player, the England U21 international became a regular starter for the Premier League side in the 2018-19 season, making 39 appearances in all competitions.

The 21-year-old impressed in his breakthrough season, being instrumental in his side’s defence as well as their attack, and was even voted as Palace’s player of the year ahead of the likes of Wilfried Zaha.

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So, should the Red Devils give into the Eagles’ demands and increase their bid to £60million? Not so fast.

With Antonio Valencia having left the club this summer and Ashley Young getting on in age, there’s no denying that United need a new starting right-back. But don’t they already have one at the club?

Diogo Dalot joined the club last summer but was underutilised by both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Instead of splashing the cash on a new right-back, Solskjaer could just promote the 20-year-old to become our starting right-back for next season.

However, Dalot hasn’t exactly impressed in the few appearances he was granted last season, meaning he is yet to prove that he is good enough to start week in and week out.

Wan-Bissaka, on the other hand, has had a full Premier League season under his belt and was instrumental in helping his side secure a 12th place finish.

Hence, it may be a good idea to sign the youngster after all. Solskjaer could make Wan-Bissaka our starting right-back for the 2019-20 season, with Dalot serving as his back-up.

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This could finally sort out our right-back problem, as with two young players competing for the position, United won’t need to sign another one for years to come.