Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s fine start to life at Manchester United has been hailed by Wes Brown, who reckons the full-back can shine at Old Trafford for many years to come.
The 21-year-old defender signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford to become the most expensive uncapped British player of all time; United paying Crystal Palace an initial £45million for the right-back, which could eventually rise to £50million based on add-ons.
The player’s rise to prominence has already been taken credit for, perhaps somewhat bizarrely, by Sam Allardyce.
And the player certainly hasn’t disappointed since moving to Old Trafford with former star Brown claiming he’s caught the eye more so than other high-profile new boys Daniel James and Harry Maguire – that despite winger James netting three goals in his opening four matches for the club, including a worldie at St Mary’s last time out.
“He’s been fantastic, probably the one signing for United who has been most consistent,” former United defender Brown told Paddy Power. “He’s started every game, he’s got great athleticism and he’s good in the tackle.
“He’s come from Crystal Palace and people wondered if he’d be good enough for Manchester United and already from the first game it looks like he’s stepping up. He’s enjoying it and it’s where he wants to be.
“If he can carry on like that he’s going to be one of the greats in that position.
“He’s only young, he’s level-headed and everything he’s done, tackling, tracking back has been brilliant.
“I’ve even seen some of the better players not dare to have a go at him, they’re turning back and passing it. That’s the sort of player he is, no one wants to take him on because he’s going to go with everything.
“People say he slides in too much, but I think he times his tackles perfectly. When you have a player like that and people realise they can’t take him on, it’s an advantage to the team because they start playing back.”
Wan-Bissaka‘s form at Old Trafford has also drawn praise from one of the club’s all-time great full-backs, Denis Irwin, who told the club’s official website: “I saw him play for Palace quite a bit last year, and he only played for the Palace first team for 15 months.
“He’s spent [his younger] years as a right winger, so what surprises me is how good he is defensively. Not just the tackling, because we saw that last year and in the first four games of this season, but the positions he takes up are very good.
“You always worry about a winger when they transform into a full-back, it can take them a while to get used to that. He seems really good at that. Obviously he’s a young lad and has a lot to learn yet, but he’s been a real plus.
“Last year we conceded 54 goals in 38 games. That’s not really Manchester United, we’ve always been good defensively. We need to strengthen, which we have done, and we need to keep more clean sheets.”
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