Boss is free­ing up Wan to go on the at­tack

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

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.”

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