Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag evidently has a ‘problem’ with defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth.
The Dutch tactician has used the full-back extremely sparingly since taking over the reins back in July and could sanction his sale when the transfer market re-opens for business.
What is the latest news involving Wan-Bissaka?
Wan-Bissaka completed a £50 million move to United from Crystal Palace back in 2019, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract worth £90,000-per-week.
And the former England Under-21 international immediately established himself in the side, registering two goals and eight assists across 100 appearances in his first two campaigns for the club.
However, Wan-Bissaka began to fall down the United pecking order when Ralf Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis in December 2021.
Ten Hag’s arrival in the Old Trafford dugout has seen the defensive-minded right-back’s game time drop even further, though, limiting him to just four minutes of action this season.
The final nail in the coffin appeared to be the selection of left-back Tyrell Malacia on the opposite flank last time out against Fulham when Diogo Dalot was suspended.
What has Sheth said about Wan-Bissaka?
When asked about Wan-Bissaka’s future, Sheth told GiveMeSport: “Instead, Erik ten Hag chose to use Tyrell Malacia; the left-footed Tyrell Malacia in the right-back position.
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“So, I think when the first-choice right-back is suspended and not available and you’re not getting picked then, then I think there’s a problem. If you go back to last summer, United were trying to do a deal for Sergino Dest, who was at Barcelona at the time.
“But that was only going to materialise if they were able to get Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s wages off the books and also potentially a transfer fee for him. He didn’t leave, and so United didn’t bring in a right-back.”
Where could Wan-Bissaka move to?
Over the summer, it was reported that Ten Hag had informed Wan-Bissaka that he was free to leave United as he did not feature in his immediate or long-term plans.
BBC Sport then disclosed that the 6 foot ace’s former club Crystal Palace were interested in re-signing him either on loan or a permanent basis.
And The Athletic stated in the final days of the previous transfer window that both Palace and West Ham saw approaches for Wan-Bissaka rejected by the Red Devils as it would have been too late to bring in a replacement.
It remains to be seen if United would now be willing to sanction Wan-Bissaka’s sale in January, but it seems clear that he does not have a future at the club under Ten Hag.
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