OGS: Why AWB is ‘exactly the type of player’ Man United want

Matt Stead

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Aaron Wan-Bissaka as “exactly the type of player” Manchester United want after his £50m signing was finally confirmed.

United confirmed on Saturday that Wan-Bissaka had joined from Crystal Palace on a five-year contract with the option of a further year.

The 21-year-old’s move, which is worth an initial £45m with a potential £5m in add-ons, was expected to be announced on Friday, only for United to almost pull the plug after some ‘late demands’ from Palace.

But the club eventually agreed to a 10% sell-on clause in the deal before officially unveiling Wan-Bissaka as “exactly the type of player” they want.

“Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League,” Solskjaer told the club’s official website.

“He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”

Wan-Bissaka, whose move has most certainly changed a few records spoke of his pride and excitement.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”

Can he handle the pressure?