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Revealed | Man United right-back shortlist amid questions surrounding Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future

The Red Devils are eyeing a trio of right-backs this summer should Wan-Bissaka find an escape route from Old Trafford this summer after three underwhelming seasons in Manchester


England international Aaron Wan-Bissaka may finally part ways with Manchester United this summer after the former Crystal Palace standout starlet could be sent out on loan after the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag.

The 24-year-old Wan-Bissaka has struggled to kick on in what many were hoping to be a budding career after climbing through the youth ranks at Palace, but the London native has been met with one criticism after the next in his three years in the northwest of England.

Now, he is thought to be below the standard expected from Ten Hag at right-back, a notion that was corroborated last weekend when the Dutch tactician called upon Diogo Dalot in the starting XI during United’s 2-1 loss at home to Brighton, with Wan-Bissaka failing to make a substitutes appearance during proceedings.

With a possible loan move this summer, United are already weighing-up their options for his replacement via the transfer market according to Manchester insider Jonas Hen Shrag, with three prominent names leading the right-back shortlist the club is said to be considering.

Norwich City’s Max Aarons, Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters, and Celtic’s Josip Juranović are at least three players that Ten Hag and the United hierarchy are giving their attention to, with Croatian international Juranović perhaps being the surprise name on the list after an impressive debut on the green half of Glasgow in 2021-22.

Aarons and Walker-Peters are other options that the club should have no issues securing this window, with Aarons still languishing in the Championship after the Canaries failed to avoid the drop last season, while Walker-Peters offers a profile similar to what many thought Wan-Bissaka would bring to the table but has come good during his time at Saints while quietly becoming one of the better right-backs in the Premier League.

While Juranović would certainly be the cheapest option of the three, money should be no object for the club given the amount they were willing to spend on Frenkie de Jong this summer, which looks set to decrease dramatically as they look to push for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in his place.

If last weekend’s result is anything to go by, Ten Hag still requires upgrades across the first-team if the club is to put itself back on track to fight for Champions League football next season.


Andrew Thompson

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