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Man Utd chiefs prepare to axe star with Red Devils ‘a long way off’ rivals in key area

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay and Cristiano Ronaldo represent Man Utd

Man Utd officials are looking to replace a first-team star as they are ‘a long way off’ their Premier League rivals in a key position, according to one source.

The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City in their last outing. They went behind in the 63rd minute when Kelechi Iheanacho connected with a James Maddison cross to beat David de Gea.

Luckily for Ralf Rangnick, Fred dragged Manchester United level just minutes later. He reacted first to a Kasper Schmeichel save, smashing into the roof of the net from close range.

United sit seventh after 30 matches, having won 14 of them. Competition for the final Champions League place comes from Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham.

Ultimately, the Manchester club wants to be back at the summit of the Premier League. They are way behind Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea as things stand.

The appointment of Erik ten Hag could help them catch up, although several players will need to be moved on.

Man Utd player to be replaced

CaughtOffside claim right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of the regulars who could leave.

According to one of their sources, United chiefs recognise they are far behind Liverpool and City in his position.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James are deadly in the final third, putting in perfect crosses for their team-mates. City can rely on Joao Cancelo to do that on the left side, while right-back Kyle Walker uses his pace to break up opposition attacks.

Man Utd player Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The source said: “United are a long way off in that department. Wan-Bissaka isn’t really ideal for that attacking role.”

While Wan-Bissaka has ‘made some improvements to his attacking’, club coaches recognise ‘his numbers don’t stack up anywhere near’ Alexander-Arnold or James, the source says.

As a result, United plan to replace the 24-year-old at the end of the season. This could involve giving Diogo Dalot a more prominent role.

Rangnick likes the Portuguese and has given him plenty of chances to impress this campaign.

More likely, though, the strategy will see a big name arrive at Old Trafford for a significant transfer fee. However, the report doesn’t reveal any potential targets as of yet.

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