Aaron Wan-Bissaka reckons that Manchester United have struck a perfect mixture of youth and experience for this season.
Overall, United made just three signings in the summer transfer window in Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Wan-Bissaka for a combined total of €159m. Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to sign the trio did raise a few eyebrows.
Unsurprisingly, the club’s capture of long-term target Maguire has received plenty of plaudits. The 26-year-old is a proven Premier League performer, with plenty of experience under his belt with Leicester City.
James and Wan-Bissaka, on the other hand, are still just 21 and relatively unproven at this stage of their careers. However, the young pair have gotten off to bright starts at Old Trafford to effectively silence their critics.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, bid farewell to captain Antonio Valencia (34), Ander Herrera (30) and Romelu Lukaku (26) this summer.
“What we have at United now is a good mix of young and experienced players and, speaking as one of the younger members of the squad, I think that’s important,” Wan-Bissaka told The Guardian.
“We need people to set the standards to live up to, to set the tempo in games when we need it and the more experienced players in the dressing room are capable of doing that.”
Solskjaer signed Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace this summer for a staggering €55m. Naturally, this has put pressure on the young right-back’s shoulders to justify the price tag and replace Valencia.
But Wan-Bissaka rose superbly to the challenge by performing strongly in his league debut during United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea last weekend.
“It has been really easy to come here and feel a part of things,” he said.
“Nobody’s left me out of anything; they all speak with me and interact and that’s really good.
“It’s been a huge help and I’d like to thank the fans, too, for giving us such support.”
Wan-Bissaka and United will be action away to Wolves on Monday for their next Premier League game.