Former England international Michael Gray has slammed Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka after his performance against Aston Villa.
United suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday after Kortney Hause headed home from a corner in the 88th minute.
Bruno Fernandes had the chance to salvage a point when the home side were awarded a penalty in injury time but he sent his effort well over the bar, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were left empty-handed.
Gray, who had spells at Sunderland, Blackburn, and Wolves in his 18-year career, singled out Wan-Bissaka for criticism, claiming that, without his defensive prowess, “he wouldn’t get a game in League Two”.
“This squad, when it’s depleted, still isn’t up there with the best in the Premier League,” he told talkSPORT.
“Wan-Bissaka, he’s the best defender in the Premier League in a one vs one situation, but his distribution with the ball, with the ball at his feet he wouldn’t get a game in League Two. When I watch him play, he never looks comfortable with the ball at his feet.
“I don’t feel confident at all, I don’t think he does either. Defensively he’s absolutely outstanding. Harry Maguire the ball back to David De Gea yesterday, he makes mistakes, he made one at Newcastle too.
“They’ve got big problems do Manchester United, I know they’ve started the season well but I think yesterday the cracks started to appear.”
Gray isn’t the first pundit to take at aim at Wan-Bissaka, either. QPR striker Charlie Austin had the right-back in his crosshairs after a pre-season victory over United.
“Although Manchester United have signed [Raphael] Varane, their biggest problem is they need a right-back,” he told talkSPORT.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is not up to the [required] quality. We played them the other day, and I know it was only a pre-season, but they need to go all out for Kieran Trippier.
“That’s who they’re crying out for. Aaron Wan-Bissaka can’t defend!
“And his final ball is not what a centre-forward wants, it’s not what [Edinson] Cavani wants, it’s not what [Marcus] Rashford wants. They need to sign Kieran Trippier.”