Snub can help Wan at United
Solskjaer tells young right-back not to worry over missing out for England
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer believes it’s a matter of time until Aaron Wan-Bissaka becomes part of the England set-up, but his latest Three Lions snub could turn out to be a bonus for United.
Wan-Bissaka was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the September internationals but had to withdraw with a back injury. Since then the 21-yearold has missed out on selection in October and November.
The £45m right-back is still settling into life at Old Trafford and competition for a right-back berth in the England squad is fierce, with Trent AlexanderArnold
and Kieran Trippier currently ahead of Wan-Bissaka and his City counterpart Kyle Walker.
Having missed out on selection for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo, Wan-Bissaka will instead get a few days off as he continues to adjust to being a key fixture for United after his move from Crystal Palace.
Solskjaer insists that could help the youngster, comparing it to missing out on his own first call-up for Norway.
“I remember when I wasn’t picked for Norway the first time, because there were loads of rumours about me being picked, and I thought it was ‘thanks,’ because I’m just getting used to the Norwegian top league now,” the United boss said.
“I think maybe, as well, he’s not a flash guy, he likes to get on with these things and I’m sure he will get his chance later on and he’s been fantastic.”
Wan-Bissaka’s misfortune is to be battling for a place in the England squad when Southgate has embarrassment of riches at right-back.
But Solskjaer has no doubt that the United man will eventually get his chance, once he’s fully dealt with his rapid rise to stardom.
“I think Aaron is going to get his time in the national team soon enough,” he said. “Aaron’s coping really well with the move that he made from Palace to here.
“It’s not long ago he played in the reserves at Crystal Palace, then he played a great season last season. Now he’s taken this club by storm because we all rate him highly as a player and a person and I don’t worry about him not being picked. He will be picked soon enough.”