Boss is freeing up Wan to go on the attack
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer claims United have freed up Aaron Wan-Bissaka to become a more attack-minded full-back.
The Reds signed the 22-year-old in a £45m deal, rising to £50m, from Crystal Palace in the summer after drawing up an initial long list of 804 right-backs. Although he has garnered praise for his impeccable defending, Wan-Bissaka has also drawn criticism over his hesitancy in attack.
He claimed his first United assist in the Boxing Day stroll against Newcastle, while his England right-back competitor Trent Alexander-Arnold has already tallied 10 assists and two goals for Liverpool this term.
Solskjaer is demanding Wan-Bissaka and left-back Luke Shaw – who is without an assist in 2019-20 – push higher up to supplement the United attack.
“There is not a lot of space between the lines,” Solskjaer said. “We are improving. We have ball-playing centre-backs, we play full-backs higher up.
“Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] has been freed more to go forward, for example the cross against Newcastle.
“We are getting more goalscoring instinct from Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony [Martial], the sort that Mason [Greenwood] has in and around the box. So I am not concerned, but it is the work we are doing when we have the chance to do it.”