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Manchester United move has affected Wan-Bissaka, says Aidy Boothroyd

England v France: Group C - 2019 UEFA U-21 Championship
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The England Under-21 manager says that Wan-Bissaka has had his ‘head turned’ by Manchester United’s persistent interest in him.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka hasn’t had the greatest of starts to the Under 21 European Championships in Italy. The young full suffered the ignominy of putting the ball in his net in injury time of the team’s first group game against France Espoirs.

That was definitely uncharacteristic of the youngster who is normally very assured in defense.

And with a move to Manchester United on the cards, Wan-Bissaka might be distracted. With the national team looking to do well in Italy, manager Aidy Boothroyd is considering dropping the youngster.

In his place, Jonjoe Kenny of Everton may start the next game against Romania.

However, Boothroyd isn’t angry at Wan-Bissaka. He says that the youngster’s state of mind is very much understandable.

“When that speculation is flying around it is bound to turn your head,” Boothroyd said according to Express.

“For a young player who all he knows is Crystal Palace academy, Crystal Palace first team it would be daft not to say that in some way he must think about it.

“I would not be truthful if I told you anything other than that.

“I think when you are nearly going to move and all the things that would go through an older person’s head, who is more experienced in life, it would be difficult for them to cope with.

What I will say is because he doesn’t say too much you don’t get to find out too much. Aaron keeps things to himself. He is a very private guy.

“But having said all of that had he not scored the own goal we probably would be having this conversation.”

This isn’t the first time Boothroyd had to deal with such a situation. In 2017, Jordan Pickford went through something similar when he was on the verge of joining Everton.

“In Poland last time we had a similar situation last time with Jordan Pickford, a lot of speculation,” he added.

“Everton agreed the deal, they worked very closely with us and were very respectful in terms of not getting involved in our build-up.

“In the end it was done in a hotel down the road away from everything else, all the medicals got done.

“If that was to happen we certainly wouldn’t be blocking anybody, we’d be talking to people and seeing if we could help out – providing both clubs were happy with it.

“If that happens we’ll oblige and if it doesn’t suit us we’ll find a time when it does.”