Weakness noted as Man Utd star compared unfavourably to Liverpool peer

Date published: Tuesday 11th August 2020 7:03

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A Man Utd star has come up short in a pundit’s comparison to his Liverpool counterpart despite enjoying a stellar season this year.

Both Liverpool and Man Utd enjoyed successful seasons given their aims and objectives prior to the campaign.

Liverpool secured their maiden Premier League title, while Man Utd improved immeasurably under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils remain in the hunt for the Europa League, and stormed up the Premier League table to secure a top four spot after a superb run of form post-Christmas.


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A key part of that run was their defensive solidity, with new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka enjoying a faultless campaign.

But despite his defensive prowess, the 22-year=old has come in for criticism at times regarding his lack of attacking threat.

The former Eagle did notch four assists in all competitions, but that figure fell way short of the marks set by Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold (14) and Andy Robertson (12).

Now, talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has echoed previous criticisms, and claimed Wan-Bissaka simply “has to” improve offensively.

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“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a fantastic one-on-one defender, Cascarino told The Times.

“I’ve seen him keep Son Heung-min quiet, outmanoeuvre Sadio Mane and give Raheem Sterling a very tough time.

“But if he’s going to be a top player for Manchester United, he’s got to offer more offensively.

“He’s got to be an outlet. Full backs are very important in the modern game. Look at how much Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson contribute in attack.”

“Wan-Bissaka very rarely gets a difficult time but has to be far more adventurous in his play because, at the moment, he’s not contributing enough at the other end of the pitch.

“I’ve seen Alexander-Arnold and Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard improve the defensive side of their game enormously; Wan-Bissaka can improve his too — he has to.”

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The Red Devils‘ quest to sign 20-year-old superstar Sancho appears to have been derailed.

Borussia Dortmund’s technical director dropped the bombshell, with Man Utd pinpointing who is responsible for the breakdown in negotiations.

With the move looking increasingly difficult to pull off, speculation regarding who could be targetted instead has begun to swirl.

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