For some time now, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been spoken about as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s key summer targets at Manchester United but now, there are suggestions that the Reds will pursue a different target entirely heading into the 2019/20 season.
Despite Wan-Bissaka’s obvious outrageous potential, talk has now shifted to the prospect of United looking to tie up a deal for PSG’s Belgian international Thomas Meunier instead, with his greater experience and likely lower asking price thought to be key factors in Solskjaer’s change of heart.
Whilst Aaron has been a genuine revelation for Palace since making his professional debut some 14 months ago, question marks still remain over his attacking attributes and with a need for full-backs to play an active role in a large number of every top side’s attacks, you can certainly see why there would be a tinge of apprehension at the thought of splashing out £50 million or more on a player who has so far built a reputation almost exclusively based around his defensive output.
I dare say the majority of United fans would be more excited by the prospect of bringing Wan-Bissaka in given the room he still has within his game to improve but with Meunier known to have been a boyhood Manchester United fan, there may we’ll be a few definitive voices behind the scenes at Old Trafford pushing for the more experienced of the two to make the jump.
I’ve long thought that Manchester City were the far more likely final destination for Wan-Bissaka, with Pep Guardiola known to be a huge fan of the 21-year-old. It’s nothing more than a hunch from my perspective but with Aaron’s teammate Wilfried Zaha having already endured a nightmare at United after leaving SE25 as a young man, there is a good chance he will advise him against making the same mistake he did.
Whatever way you slice it, if we are going to let Wan-Bissaka go, we’ll be handsomely compensated. Where exactly he’ll be going, if indeed he does at all, is still a complete mystery but we’re sure to hear plenty more about him between now and the summer.