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Two Reasons Why Norwich City’s Max Aarons Is Worth The Punt For Man Utd Over Wan-Bissaka

Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go straight for Palace’s Wan-Bissaka or steal the man they wish to replace him with?

According to reports, Manchester United have had a £40million bid rejected for Crystal Palace’s wonder kid right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who are holding out for a price in the region of £60million.

As a result of the pressure from big clubs showing a keen interest in Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace have been linked to the man who won Young Player of the Season award, Max Aarons, whose name featured in the overall EFL Team of the Season.

However, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have joined the race in capturing the 19 years young full-back, Max Aarons. He is currently contracted at Norwich City who are asking for around £15million for his services.

Here are two reasons why Max Aarons may be a better signing for Manchester United than Aaron Wan-Bissaka…

Financial

After Crystal Palace countered Manchester United’s £40million offer for Wan-Bissaka to a much higher £60million, it may be the case that the two clubs do not see eye-to-eye on the value of the player. Crystal Palace’s interest in Max Aarons as a Wan-Bissaka replacement, as well as the accomplishments the young full-back as achieved already, shows that the top clubs believe that Aarons can or may evolve into a player that can provide the quality of service that Wan-Bissaka does.

Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot has been an exciting prospect for Manchester United, demonstrating value to the club in his first season with them. At only 20 years of age himself, the young Portuguese brought in by ex-manager Jose Mourinho proved pivotal to Manchester United at crucial moments. One example being the shot resulting in the penalty that saw Manchester United progress in the Champions League in their famous victory over PSG.

With both Dalot and Max Aarons in the side, there would be two promising young full-backs competing for the spot that will be left for the taking by the 33-year-old ex-winger and current full-back Ashley Young.

It’s The Battle of Manchester as Man United Tussle With Man City Over Right Back Joao Cancelo

In a transfer window that we see everyone and everything linked to the two Manchester clubs, the latest is Joao Cancelo, the Juventus right-back.

Following the retirement of Antonio Valencia, United need to strengthen in that area, albeit Valencia didn’t show up much in his final season. Solskjaer has only Diogo Dalot to pick from at present and, Juventus’ Cancelo maybe the answer to the first part of the defensive conundrum he faces.

However, neighbours Man City, who seem to not be shy in the full-back areas, are also linked. It could see a tug of war between the clubs, much like the Alexis Sanchez saga. Which the red side won, as they splashed the cash, although United will be hoping for a better return of investment this time around.

Having only spent one season at the Old Lady, and winning the Serie A title in the process, Juve’s new man in charge may let the Portuguese defender go upon his arrival. Especially if he was to look to last season, as he failed to impress Allegri enough to hold down a regular starting spot.

However, after a great start to life in Italy following a move from Valencia, he seemed to fall off in the second half of the season and started to fall out of favour.

The only factor that could play a key role in the Manchester battle, is that of former red Cristiano Ronaldo, who would surely have only good things to say about his time at Old Trafford to his teammate.

With a reported 53m price tag on his head, United could see that as a decent deal, especially in today’s market. They need to spend big and well in the transfer market this summer, and Canelo could be a great signing.

Man United fans, what are your thoughts on Cancelo, good solid signing, or would you prefer someone else?

Is Man United Target Wan-Bissaka Worth 50m

After a more than an impressive first season, Crystal Palace star full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has unsurprisingly received interest from a host of top flights clubs.

The 21-year-old fullback holds an impressive resume boasting the second most interceptions and, the third most tackles out of any other player in the 2018/2019 season.

Illustrating his talent, Wan-Bissaka has demonstrated he epitomises the modern full back. With United’s reported opening bid of £25m likely to be rejected, one would expect Palace to ramp up the price on his head to a figure at least around the 50m mark. The fact he is English will add weight to the price tag, bearing in mind the amount of money homegrown players currently exchange hands for in the Premier League.

However, does just one breakthrough season justify the inflated price tag?

Perhaps if United are not willing to pay, other clubs may not hesitate to pay the expensive sum. Thus, leaving Solskjaer to not risk taking any chances, especially since Antonio Valencia’s departure has left a space at RB and Diego Dalot’s recent performances defiantly suggest he could do with some friendly competition. With Manchester City chock-full of full backs and Chelsea stranded in a transfer ban, United may be at the forefront to sign the young prospect.

Amid the state the Red Devils are in, is Solskjaer willing to risk out on losing a seemingly promising player. It is impossible to say Wan-Bissaka is worth £50m after just one season, however, if United do not pay this maybe someone else will. Although you would think United could outbid rivals Spurs and Arsenal in a bidding war.

Let’s also remember United paid circa £30m for Luke Shaw four years ago, and City will often pay £40 – £50 for full backs. At 21 years of age, he may not be worth the extortionate sum, but in modern market conditions, the risk of not meeting this amount could mean United could miss out on one of England’s hottest prospects.

Ole Should Freshen Up the Team With These 3 Fringe Players After 1 win in 5

Some say the wheels are starting to fall off Ole’s reign following one win in the last five matches. A loss to Wolves in both the FA Cup and the Premier League, a defeat to Barcelona and a crucial defeat to Arsenal has left United in sixth.

Against Barcelona the levels were there for all to see with United not registering a shot on target, it maybe highlighted the work Solskjaer’s got to do in the summer transfer market.

A freshen up of the squad is needed not only today but in general, as a much needed revamp should take place this coming window.

Young and Shaw are both out through suspension which will give two players a chance to shine, and with a few injuries peppered throughout the midfield it can serve as a good chance to maybe blood some youngsters or give the fringe players a chance. especially with the return Barcelona keg to come this week coming.

With that in mind, here are three players that should be given the nod today to get the Red Devils top four target back on track…

Diogo Dalot

WIth Ashley Young being out, the player brought in as a long term replacement for then right back regular Antonio Valencia has his chance to cement his spot.

It was clearly evident not only against Barca but for most of the season that Young needs replacing, and Dalot has impressed every time he has been on the pitch.

Marcos Rojo

Although technically Young is Luke Shaw’s back up, United don’t have natural left back within their first team ranks that can serve as a number two to Shaw.

Rojo has played in that position before, and would be the natural choice for Solskjaer. It seems Rojo may be on his way out of the club in the summer revamp, but he can still do a job for United until the end of the season while Shaw serves his Domestic and European bans.

Andreas Pereira

The Brazilian has enjoyed more match time this season, more so under Ole. One of the talents for the future, Pereira could have his chance to show if United need to invest more in the midfield or not with an impressive display against West Ham United today.

Having spent last season out on loan at Valencia, this year should be served as his break out year at United. Especially if he wants to become more than another player who came through the ranks and couldn’t cut the grade at the top when needed.

Mourinho Needs To Play This Back Three Tonight With Not Many Options To Hand

Jose Mourinho has taken a lot of stick this season, the United fans are clearly disgruntled by the on-pitch performances and 7th standing in the Premier League. However, the Red Devils have lost only once since the end of September to rivals Man City and twice in all competitions – 1-0 to Juventus.

It’s the draws that have been the downfall to United’s season; Three draws in seven league matches since the beginning of October, and they’re winless in the last three.

So the rampant and highly confident Arsenal will not be a welcomed match at such a critical time ahead of the always manic Christmas period. Mourinho has a host of players out injured at present – with his backline taking a battering…much like this season.

Lindelof, Young, Darmian, Smalling, and Bailly are all out with Shaw and Valencia facing late fitness tests.

So who does the Portuguese boss go with, with the injuries it looks set he’ll continue with his 3-5-2 but without the wingbacks, so a back three of…

LCB: Marcus Rojo

The Argentine defender hasn’t played so far this season and was on the bench against Southampton as he continues his comeback from yet another injury.

On his day, Rojo can be a great defender, however, the handful of games he’s played in the past 12 months will sure to show the match rust he’ll have. Although Mourinho doesn’t really have much choice at the moment except to throw him into the mix.

CB: Phil Jones

Jones played in the last match, making only his second Premier League appearance of the season, third in total.

Jones, like Rojo has been injury prone, but largely impressed under Mourinho’s tenure when he has been match fit. Jose will be hoping to lean on Jones experience to guide this defence through the match.

RCB: Diogo Dalot

Making up the back three is summer signing and highly anticipated Dalot. He impressed in his one and only appearance in the Champions League this season and got a little taste of Premier League football coming on as a sub at weekend.

Between them, the back three have started just three matches this campaign, which is worrying. Therefore, expect a tough night against the Gunners but one that sometimes works out when the team is up against it.