Manchester United could well find their next Gary Neville in Norwich City starlet Max Aarons.
Reports in recent months have revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are one of several Premier League clubs tracking the Canaries defender, with Tottenham Hotspur also among the interested parties.
In Aarons, however, Solskjaer’s concern about a lack of an attacking full-back would be eased considerably.
Aarons really burst onto the scene at Carrow Road during the 2018-19 campaign, recording two goals and six assists in the Championship. His return of six assists saw him ranked seventh in the charts behind the likes of Emiliano Buendia and Teemu Pukki.
Much like Gary Neville, he has demonstrated that he is capable of making overlapping runs down the right flank for Daniel Farke’s side, as evidenced by his 1.3 successful dribbles per 90 this season. A 50% completion rate suggests that he is, more often than not, successful when he brings the ball out from the back to set his side on the front foot.
In the past season alone, Aarons has scored once in 29 appearances with three assists to show for his 27 starts in the Championship. It’s worth remembering that Neville himself only managed one assist in his first full season in the Premier League.
Farke recently heaped praise on his young charge after his heroics in the Canaries’ 2-0 victory over Bristol City. He said: “The work from Max Aarons for the second was fantastic and Jordan showed this instinct to get the luck with the goal. You have to do this to get the ball over the line.”
The fact that he’s predominantly a right-back would make him the perfect backup option and allow Solskjaer to provide Wan-Bissaka with adequate cover and competition for a place in the starting line-up, whilst he would also add an alternative threat in attack as well.