Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution of Manchester United was heavily dependent on how he changes United’s scouting and recruitment. The first two windows for Solskjaer have been top class.
4 quality permanent signings. 1 outstanding short term move which is working brilliantly. Out of these, the best one has to be the €50m spent on Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
United knew Wan-Bissaka weaknesses
Man United knew exactly what they were getting when they decided to part ways with such a big amount of money. And it has turned out to be exactly the way United and their recruitment team would have hoped for.
United’s Solskjaer revolution revolves around patience and time. United and Solskjaer’s patience towards Wan-Bissaka’s weaknesses is evidently seen. Wan-Bissaka has not been dropped because he was poor in an attack. He was continually played, because, he was outstanding in what he does best, DEFENDING.
It is quite evident that Aaron is the world’s best defensive fullback. The modern game, though, has seen the fullback position, turn into something entirely different from the previous eras. Some teams have fullback as their primary source of build-up play, etc. Liverpool are the prime example of such a modern tactic. Their usage of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson is the reason Liverpool don’t have much to defend.
United, though, do it a bit more cautiously. Aaron Wan-Bissaka being good in defence, doesn’t mean, he has not come leaps and bounds with his attacking skills. Aaron had one of the best dribbling stats last season prior to his United move. There were doubts over his crossing. And he was not helping United with that.
But, as anything goes with patience at the new Man United Ole is creating, Ole was patient and his coaching team imparted the crossing aspect into Wan-Bissaka’s game. Wan-Bissaka now, has, two assists in last 3 months from crosses (Rashford vs Newcastle and Martial vs Chelsea).
He was also called up to the England squad but was later ruled out of injury. So, it is quite clear, Gareth Southgate is having his eyes on the boy wonder as well.
Consistency in performance and improvements make Wan-Bissaka, the signing of the season
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s mental strength and will to improve is there to see as well. Coming from Palace to Man United is no easy thing and with the price tag he came for, the pressure was through the roof.
To come across all that and put in dominant defensive performances and improving his weaknesses consistently makes Wan-Bissaka the signing of the season.