Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s Manchester United career is over because Diogo Dalot offers more than the former Crystal Palace right-back.
That’s according to former United defender Paul Parker, who believes the expectations at Old Trafford have exposed Wan-Bissaka’s limitations.
The defender was signed for £50m from Crystal Palace in 2019, after just one full season in the Premier League with the Eagles.
While Wan-Bissaka’s one-on-one defending is widely heralded but the defender struggles in an attacking sense.
And Parker believes that the tactical demands at a club like United have exposed Wan-Bissaka, leaving him with little future at the club.
‘I was always a big fan of Wan-Bissaka,’ Parker told Talking Devils.
‘I watched him play so many times for Crystal Palace and nothing got passed him.
‘But at the end of the day, he is a good player but Manchester United isn’t his club because they are asking a different question of him in that position. If he was to go back to Crystal Palace there would be rave reviews. Because he suits what Palace are.
‘There have been some great players come to Man United and they haven’t managed to keep their head above the water because they just can’t fit into the club. Players who have come in and you’ve gone: “Wow”. But after 6 weeks, 6 months you go: “This isn’t going to happen, this club is not suited to him, he’s not suited to the club, the club might be too big for them and there’s too much asked of them”. And I think that is Wan-Bissaka.
‘Being a full-back at a top club is different from being full-back at a club in a different situation, aspirations are different.
‘I look at Dalot, he’s better than Wan-Bissaka in the attacking third but he’s not agile, he’s not the most mobile, he’s very one paced. Defensively people get around him far too easily. But he’s steadier and you will get that little bit more from him.’
United have high hopes for academy graduate Ethan Laird, who was sent on loan to Swansea at the start of the season.
However, following his impressive displays, he earned a move to table-topping Bournemouth.
United hope the 20-year-old will be able to compete for a first team spot within the next 18 months, which could save the club millions in the transfer market.
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