It’s approaching 10 years since Gary Neville retired.
Finding a replacement has been as herculean as succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.
During his decade at the club, Neville showed aggressiveness, professionalism, determination, and consistency. His positional sense allowed for him when needed, to slot in as a centre back. Not the quickest, tallest, strongest, nor most technically gifted player, he simply knew the art of defending.
These qualities are scarce in Manchester these days. A certain 21-year-old has it in abundance in London. His name? Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Wan-Bissaka has shown consistency since breaking through last season. According to the Mirror, the tabloid claimed that United, along with Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly looking to lure him away from Selhurst Park. The Red Devils shouldn’t hang around.
The youngster has settled into the Palace side as a first choice right-back this season after a succession of stunning performances.
A graceful and attractive footballer, Wan-Bissaka is superb with the ball at his feet. Off it, he flaunts natural aggression and instinctive positioning, such that opposition attackers struggle to get past him.
When he is on the ball, it is as though he has a magnet in his feet. He rarely loses the ball and whenever he does he fights hard to win it back. It is no surprise he has made the third most tackles in the Premier League this season with 80, just three behind the leader, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye.
Even more impressively, however, Wan-Bissaka has been the most effective tackler across Europe’s leading five leagues this season. On the 83 occasions an opponent has approached Wan-Bissaka with the ball this season, he has only been beaten six times, racking up an incredible success rate of 92.8%.
Manchester United need such a player to shore up a wobbly defence. The English defender has a contract with Palace until 2022.
Forbes claim the highly-skilled right-back is rated at around £40 million – a figure that could represent good value in the long term when you consider the prices of young English players currently.
That said, should United reach out for their cheque book? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.