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After completing his move to Manchester United following a protracted transfer saga, Aaron Wan-Bissaka had a hugely encouraging Premier League debut against Chelsea.
And boy did he do just that. Lining up alongside fellow new signing Harry Maguire, Wan-Bissaka helped transform United’s creaky defence from last season into a formidable rearguard on Sunday.
The young right-back is widely renowned for his defensive capabilities, and he showed exactly why against Chelsea. Wan-Bissaka is one of those rare breeds of modern full-backs who are better going back towards their own goal than they are going forward. The former Palace star gave the Old Trafford faithful a tantalising glimpse of what he has to offer, and there were more than a few occasions where he received a loud ovation.
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Nicknamed “The Spider” for his rangy style of tackling, Wan-Bissaka proved to everyone why that name is so fitting with a couple of fine lunging challenges on Ross Barkley. The 21-year-old made a team-high six tackles in the entire game, double that of the man in second.
Indeed, his three interceptions and five clearances were only bettered by fellow summer signing Maguire as the United new boys made their mark.
The feeling from some is that the right-back still needs to improve on the ball, and there were a couple of occasions where he was lucky not to have his passes intercepted. But in general, he looked assured and registered a fine 86.1% pass accuracy, whilst he also made one key pass in the game. Against opposition who will look to sit back and soak up the pressure, Wan-Bissaka will have to do much more going forward, but his display against Chelsea certainly showed he has the potential to develop that aspect of his game.
These are only early days, but Wan-Bissaka’s full-blooded style of play is sure to endear him to the United fans, and if he keeps improving his attacking qualities then the signs for the future are extremely encouraging.