Aaron Wan-Bissaka will reportedly be forced to wait on Erik ten Hag ‘s verdict before signing a new contract at Manchester United.
The right-back, who joined the Red Devils for £50million in the summer of 2019, has two more years on his current deal but could be surplus to requirements as Ten Hag bids to rebuild a bloated squad. Wan-Bissaka wants to remain at Old Trafford for the new era, with the Sun claiming that he is ready to agree new terms.
After United recently blocked enquiries for the 24-year-old, his representatives are said to have proposed a new long-term contract. However, the club are reluctant to make any decisions before Ten Hag runs the rule over their underperforming squad in pre-season.
Crystal Palace have been linked with re-signing Wan-Bissaka, but his eye-watering wages mean even a loan deal would be difficult to negotiate. The England youth international, also eligible for DR Congo, has lost his status as the Red Devils’ first-choice right-back, with Diogo Dalot usurping him under Ralf Rangnick.
Dalot is set to be part of Ten Hag’s plans, with his attacking qualities outweighing his weaker defensive attributes compared to the steady Wan-Bissaka, who was a favourite under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Doubts over his future at the club have been voiced throughout the season, with Old Trafford legend Roy Keane ‘s criticism sticking out.
“I don’t even think Palace would take him back,” Keane lamented on Sky Sports. “He’s not good enough for Manchester United. No feel for the ball, decision making. But what Manchester United have always had over the years is players with character, with personalities – I don’t see it with this group.”
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Former United defender Paul Parker, though, believes that Wan-Bissaka has been unfairly criticised, telling MyBettingSites : “Because after what’s going on at Manchester United, in the way the press talks about him, he’s been made a little bit of a scapegoat, to be perfectly honest. If I look at it, is Dalot a better player than Wan-Bissaka? No, he’s not.
“No way, all-around, you’re better off with Wan-Bissaka there than with Dalot, cause when you look at some things first and foremost you want a right-back who can defend and they haven’t got that.”
Atletico Madrid have also been linked with interest and Parker reckons it would be a good move. “The one thing that Atletico Madrid would love about him is that he ain’t gonna need much coaching about how to defend in one against one,” he added.
“He would learn a little bit more about unity within a back four in a traditional sense. Hopefully, he won’t come back too ill-disciplined, cause there’s always a chance when you go and play for Atletico Madrid for (Diego) Simeone, the way they play.
“But I think if it is going to happen, it will serve him well to go there and maybe to come back. It might be a really good move for him just to go on and play in that league. Maybe it will be a good learning process for him.”