Aaron Wan-Bissaka has confirmed that Manchester United are targeting the Premier League trophy this season – while he has outlined where he is aiming to improve at the club.
Wan-Bissaka joined United from Crystal Palace in summer 2019, and immediately became a regular starter. The right-back started 34 Premier League games last season, and 20 of a possible 22 so far this time around.
His place in United’s line-up is practically guaranteed by now. That does not stop the 23-year-old wanting to improve, though.
Reflecting on the step up he has made over the past 18 months, he has revealed how he has dealt with the pressure.
“There is always pressure for every player who moves clubs when it comes to what a new club expects and how you settle in,” he told Sky Sports. “But with this club it all came in one, I knew there was pressure.
“As a kid all you can do at a club like this is play week in, week out. The main thing was to play without fear and be myself, and the rest would be blocked out.”
Wan-Bissaka has earned plaudits for his defensive capabilities in particular, although some feel he needs to contribute more in attack.
The defender confirmed how he has worked on his tackling, before backing United to help him improve going forwards.
“Towards the age 17 onwards was when that [my tackling] got recognised, and since then I have focused on that more and added more to my game,” he said.
“Usually, before that, if someone wanted to take me on, I’d tackle them, now I’ll go and tackle them regardless. It’s been about learning to take control of those situations, rather than waiting for them.
“That’s why I came to this club [getting better in attack]. This club is capable of helping me with that. I want to become a better player every year.
“I don’t really focus on statistics at the time, but at the end of the season I look back and see if it’s better than the previous season, and the season before that.”
Wan-Bissaka targets title
United are involved in the title race this year, and are currently just three points off leaders Manchester City – who have a game in hand.
As long as they can keep their momentum going, though, United will be in contention too. Indeed, Wan-Bissaka has his eyes on winning multiple trophies with the club.
“Of course [winning the Premier League is the target], and a few cups to go with that as well,” he said.
“It would mean a lot, especially after the club’s history of winning trophies, and a lot of them. It would be good to get back that.
“The mood in the camp has been good. It wasn’t great taking in the loss [to Sheffield United] but we haven’t let it get us down or our chances to get our hands on the Premier League.
“Team spirit is still high, as long as we stick together, we can go back to the form we had before.”