Man Utd to ‘revisit’ transfer decision in January as player’s family push for move; West Ham watching on

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Man Utd full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka Credit: PA Images
Man Utd full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka Credit: PA Images

Manchester United will make another decision on Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the January transfer window after deciding not to sell the right-back during the summer.

Wan-Bissaka is low in Erik ten Hag’s pecking order and has managed just four minutes of senior football so far this campaign. He came off the bench late on during the 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford, replacing right-back rival Diogo Dalot.

However, Wan-Bissaka was kept on the bench for the entirety of the next Premier League match, against Southampton. And he hasn’t even made the squad for any league games in September.

Manchester United spent a reported £50million when capturing the Englishman from Crystal Palace in summer 2019. The immense cost of the defender is causing a headache for Ten Hag.

He doesn’t seem to believe in Wan-Bissaka’s ability going forward. This is why the Dutchman is going for Dalot on the right side of defence in most matches.

While Dalot is not as good defensively as his team-mate, he provides a lot more threat in the attacking third.

Wan-Bissaka was linked with a United exit during the summer. His former club Palace, along with West Ham, were looking into a deal.

A transfer ultimately never came about and the full-back must now spend most of the next few months on the bench.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka future comes into focus

But according to The Athletic reporter Laurie Whitwell, United will ‘revisit’ their decision not to sell Wan-Bissaka in January.

He states Ten Hag decided early into his reign as manager that Wan-Bissaka wasn’t good enough to be his long-term right-back. As such, United made the 24-year-old available for transfer.

And it wasn’t just Ten Hag who was looking for a parting of ways. Wan-Bissaka’s family were apparently advocating for a transfer. This stems from the player failing to get used to life in Manchester.

Palace made a £10m bid for him, but United didn’t want to take such a big financial hit. They also pushed back loan offers for Wan-Bissaka, Whitwell claims.

The journalist adds that United will likely ‘revisit’ his situation once the transfer window reopens. They will make a final decision on whether Wan-Bissaka has a future at Old Trafford, or if he needs to be sold.

Palace and West Ham will probably come back with new proposals for the former England U21 international this winter.

Man Utd will take loss on defender

But they are unlikely to get anywhere near United’s £50m outlay. This will once again cause a problem in discussions.

At some point, United must face up to the fact they are going to lose money on Wan-Bissaka. They never should have spent that much on him in the first place.

They would do well to get £20m out of Palace or West Ham. If a bid in this region does come in, then United should cut their losses and at least bring some money back to the club.

Wan-Bissaka will be pushing the Red Devils to let him leave, unless he miraculously forces his way into the first team over the next few months.

The defender needs to get his career back on track. And playing regularly for a top-flight club, such as Palace or West Ham, is the perfect way to do this.

Meanwhile, Man Utd target Marco Asensio has been told “to put up with it” after being left out of the Real Madrid starting line-up.

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