Manchester United are reportedly planning to provide Aaron Wan-Bissaka with some fierce competition at full-back due to concerns over his attacking prowess.
The 23-year-old has proved his defensive credentials with his sturdy, reliable performances in the role since transferring from Crystal Palace in a £50million deal in 2019.
But Wan Bissaka’s lack of capability in the final third has not been lost on his United bosses – in particular manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is keen for a more forward-thinking option.
According to ESPN, Solskjaer is now looking to bring in another right-back over the next two transfer windows to compete for the slot with Wan-Bissaka.
The need for a solution has been heightened by United’s failure to land right-winger Jadon Sancho in the summer.
It was hoped that Wan-Bissaka would progress at a quicker rate to help contribute in attack, but coaches have been left unconvinced he possesses the attributes necessary to pose a real threat.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.
But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.
The question now is whether they can find the right balance?
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Recruiting a Sancho or similar remains priority, but by adding a new right-back to the squad United feel that will help Wan-Bissaka’s development along, while also giving Solskjaer an alternative option.
It may also perhaps be why United were reluctant to sell Diogo Dalot permanently, instead only allowing him to go on loan to AC Milan for the time being.
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The same publication reported Dalot is ‘highly regarded’ by Solskjaer and will return to Old Trafford at the end of his loan stint in June, though it seems his boss would prefer to dip into the market.
Signing a more attack-minded right-back could also offer an opportunity for Solskjaer to use Wan-Bissaka further in-field.
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle told BT Sport earlier this month: “Wan-Bissaka in a back three would work for me as the right-sided centre back. I would love to see him play there, I think he’d be brilliant there.”
That would involve United switching back to a 3-5-2 – a formation they have used on occasions already this season, namely in the away win over PSG.