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Man Utd manager Solskjaer sends message to Wan-Bissaka over weaknesses

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Aaron Wan-Bissaka that it is up to him if he wants to improve certain areas of his game after his latest England snub, but rejected comparisons with Liverpool counterpart Trent Alexander-Arnold as unfair.

Gareth Southgate named a 30-man squad for games against Wales, Denmark and Belgium but there was still no room for the Manchester United right-back.

Wan-Bissaka was one of United’s best performers last season and is considered to be the best defensive full-back in the Premier League, but his attacking game is still being honed at Old Trafford.

That could be costing the 22-year-old in terms of international recognition, with Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier selected ahead of him in the squad for this international window.

“Aaron is very young still and he has not played full-back for many years,” Solskjaer said of Wan-Bissaka, who moved from the wing to full-back in his late teens.

“He came on to the scene with Palace and had exceptional one-against-one skills, defensively. He must be the best for me. It is almost virtually impossible to go past one-against-one.

“There are different aspects to his game he needs to learn and develop and be better at. He knows that. That comes down to what he wants to do every single day. How focused he is.

“I always say about players, the best players, they want to learn and they want to be better and they coach themselves and they think about their own, what do I need to do to improve on.”

Wan-Bissaka grew in stature in his first season at United after his £45million move from Selhurst Park and the attacking side of his game improved alongside his belief.

The 22-year-old has now registered four assists at United and Solskjaer confirmed the coaching staff were continuing to work with him to improve his offensive game, which is why comparisons with Alexander-Arnold, who sets the gold standard at the moment for attacking full-backs, are unfair.

“I think Aaron throughout the season, he grew in respect of his confidence. It was his first season at Man United and he saw where he fits in here,” said Solskjaer.

“And that’s a big thing as well, that he knows that we trust him, to improve. We do. The coaches here are fantastic, they help him. And the next step now is for him to kick that on.

“So of course he’s not going to have the qualities maybe as Trent. He is probably the best crosser of the ball in Europe at the moment. But why not look at Aaron and say: ‘Yeah, your qualities here are the best but you can improve different things, definitely Aaron,’ and he knows that. We’ve discussed that.”

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