Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Aaron Wan-Bissaka he doesn’t expect to turn into another Trent Alexander-Arnold, but admits he MUST improve the offensive play
- Solskjaer says Wan-Bissaka needs to improve, but stressed his confidence in him
- Neville is concerned that he is under pressure to match the offensive output of others
- United’s boss told Wan-Bissaka to ignore Trent Alexander-Arnold comparisons
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assured Aaron Wan-Bissaka that he doesn’t expect to turn into another Trent Alexander-Arnold to be a hit with Manchester United.
Wan-Bissaka, who took £ 50m from Crystal Palace a year ago, is in the spotlight after missing out on Gareth Southgate’s extensive England squad last week.
He is the first United regular since Steve Bruce to remain boundless and former player Gary Neville is concerned that the defender is under pressure to match Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker’s offensive performances rather than playing to his strengths.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Aaron Wan-Bissaka needs to improve his offensive game
“People say Aaron Wan-Bissaka needs to improve in the future, but I say he’s a great defensive right back,” said Neville.
Solskjaer saw United score three goals against Palace after leaving Wan-Bissaka on the bench and he struggled in the 3-2 win in Brighton when he was recalled.
With Jose Mourinho’s squad at Spurs at Old Trafford on Sunday, the United boss has made it clear that the 22-year-old must improve – but to ignore any comparisons to Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool.
“Aaron is very young and hasn’t played in years,” Solskjaer said.
He came on the scene at Palace and had exceptional one-on-one defensive skills. He has to be the best for me – it’s next to impossible to get past him.
‘There are several aspects of his game that he must learn and improve at. He knows that. That boils down to what he wants to do every day.
Gary Neville is concerned that Wan-Bissaka is under pressure to match the offensive output of others
Last season, Aaron was with Man United for the first time and he grew in respect for his confidence. He saw that he matched.
He knows we trust him. The coaches here are fantastic, they help him, and the next step is now that he gets a kick out of it.
Of course he may not have the qualities of Trent, who is probably the best rider on the ball in Europe right now.
But why don’t you look at Aaron and say, “Yes, your grades are the best here and you can definitely improve.” We discussed that. ‘
Drawing a world-class winger on the right can reduce Wan-Bissaka’s need to add assists. He made just four – nine less than Alexander-Arnold last season.
Solskjaer knows that Wan-Bissaka cannot be compared to Trent Alexander-Arnold
United appears to have chased Jadon Sancho all the way through the window with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele loan back up.
After seeing big names like Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku come and go without silverware, Solskjaer said: “We have to be very thorough and very sure when we put a lot of money into players.
‘They must be right for now, for the future and for the group that is already there. It’s more complicated than just pointing a finger at a player and saying “he’s got the quality.” ‘
After a difficult opening, Solskjaer has to decide whether to recall Eric Bailly to his Premier League line-up after the Cameroonian defender helped United clean up midweek in the Carabao Cup in Brighton.
United has a busy October with Chelsea, Arsenal and the resumption of the Champions League after the international break.
The United boss insists he has complete faith in Wan-Bissaka and praised his defensive qualities
“It’s about how we can do all that,” said Solskjaer. “We started badly last season and although we finished third, probably higher than anyone thought, we wouldn’t want to catch up many points.”
Unfortunately, a United-Tottenham game at Old Trafford would usually draw a noisy packed house and Solskjaer has added his voice to those missing live fans at the stadium.
‘It is far from what we see and consider to be the beautiful game because that is with the fans and their passion,’ he said.
It’s when Scott McTominay scores a goal against Manchester City in injury time and plays with the fans. That’s what football is all about and hopefully we can get back to it.
Donny van de Beek, United’s only major summer purchase to date, is hoping to get his first Premier League start with Paul Pogba potentially at risk of being relegated to the bank.