03 Feb In Man United’s rout of Saints, Wan-Bissaka showcases attacking capacity Solskjaer seeks to coax out of him
MANCHESTER, England — It was not simply the margin of victory that was a shock as Manchester United thrashed Southampton 9-Zero at Outdated Trafford on Tuesday. In addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team emphatically ending their issues in entrance of objective with their greatest win since beating Ipswich by the identical scoreline in March 1995, a chaotic 90 minutes additionally featured a crimson card for 19-year-old Southampton midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz after simply 77 seconds of his first Premier League begin and Aaron Wan-Bissaka popping up with a uncommon objective to present United the lead and spark the rout.
Two from substitute Anthony Martial, a Bruno Fernandes penalty and objectives from Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Scott McTominay and Daniel James additionally contributed to a nightmare night time for the Saints, who ended the sport with 9 males following Jan Bednarek’s late dismissal. Bednarek summed up his team’s misfortune by having already scored an personal objective and conceded a penalty. Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl not less than is aware of his gamers are able to recovering from such a extreme outcome after dropping 9-Zero to Leicester simply 15 months in the past.
Solskjaer’s males took benefit of the guests’ diminished numbers to report their greatest win in practically 26 years, and amongst a host of positives as United moved degree on factors on the high of the Premier League desk with Manchester Metropolis, Wan-Bissaka’s contribution supplied a glimpse of the team the Norwegian hopes they’re turning into.
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“Undoubtedly the precise aspect has historically been a problem for us going ahead,” Solskjaer stated afterward. “We have not discovered a right-back to fill the [Antonio] Valencia void, however Aaron is getting higher. I am unable to bear in mind one full-back crossing for one more to attain.”
That is precisely what Luke Shaw did for Wan-Bissaka, who had raced nearly the size of the pitch to get into the field.
There is no such thing as a doubting Wan-Bissaka’s defensive capacity, particularly in one-on-one conditions, however he has work to do to earn a spot among the many finest full-backs on the earth, primarily as a result of he’s nonetheless studying the way to make objectives in addition to cease them. The perfect gamers in his place can do each, and at £50 million — making him one of many 10 costliest defenders on the earth — he will probably be anticipated to get there finally.
It says every part about the kind of right-back Wan-Bissaka is that earlier than the sport kicked off, he had recorded extra tackles than another participant within the Premier League this season however had the identical variety of assists at Victor Lindelof. He has one other now after choosing out Martial with an ideal cross, and will have had another if Cavani had made extra of a superb probability earlier than the Uruguayan was changed at half-time.
It was Wan-Bissaka’s defensive attributes that first attracted Solskjaer — notably two excellent performances towards Manchester Metropolis’s Leroy Sane whereas enjoying for Crystal Palace — however there’s an acceptance that his attacking output can enhance. It is one thing Solskjaer and his employees are working on. They’re ready to be affected person given he’s nonetheless solely 23 and due to an understanding that racing ahead out of defence is just not as vital at Selhurst Park as it’s at Outdated Trafford.
“While you play at Man United as a full-back, you do have to supply assists,” stated Solskjaer final season. “We at all times knew that he was going to be laborious to beat. He is among the best one-versus-one defenders I’ve ever seen, however he was a winger when he was youthful, so he is obtained it in him.
“We rely on the full-backs to go ahead in the best way we need to play. He is getting higher on the ball; he would not give the ball away lots. He is not been requested to enterprise ahead a lot earlier in his profession.”
Wan-Bissaka — one in every of quite a few excellent performers towards Southampton — solely wants to take a look at United’s different flank for inspiration. Shaw has benefitted from the added competitors created by the arrival of Alex Telles in the summertime and is having fun with his finest run of type since transferring from Southampton as a young person. Towards his former membership, he created 5 possibilities and made objectives for Wan-Bissaka and Cavani, regardless of enjoying for less than 45 minutes.
Sources have advised Football4cast that United are exploring the potential for signing one other right-back within the hope it’d do for Wan-Bissaka what the signing of Telles has finished for Shaw. England Below-21 worldwide Max Aarons, at the moment at Norwich Metropolis, is likely one of the names within the body forward of the summer season.
Earlier than then, United are nonetheless effectively positioned to mount a primary real title problem since 2013.
“You realize what I favored in regards to the efficiency was the starvation and perspective to do the precise issues,” Solskjaer stated. “That is the one strategy to get higher. You’ll be able to see a great deal of issues we’re working on. We need to be a bit unpredictable and the gamers did that excellently, with freedom and creativeness.
“I assumed they performed the sport correctly. They have been ruthless and so they needed it increasingly. While you play football it’s important to make [the] most of it, and so they performed prefer it might have been their final sport, so very happy with everybody.”