Best yet to come from Wan-Bissaka

Manchester United

Manchester United believe they will not see the best of £50m right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka until the new year, according to senior club insiders.

The England international, 21, has been playing catch up with his fitness and missed a few games through illness early on in the campaign due to tonsillitis.

However, Wan-Bissaka has still managed to impress in his short time at the Theatre of Dreams, earning man-of-the-match plaudits on three separate occasions.

United insiders have revealed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the former Crystal Palace defender will not hit his full stride until the second half of the campaign, when he is fully aligned with the fitness demands of such a massive club.

He has been working hard with United’s conditioners in recent weeks, with the backroom staff especially conscious that Wan-Bissaka is a young player and has little experience of playing more than 40-plus games a season.

It is also understood the young Londoner has found a flat but is still coming to terms with his new life in Manchester, away from his regular family and friends.

Wan-Bissaka became the most expensive English right-back in history when United made him a top priority signing back in the summer, having posted the most tackles in the whole of Europe last season.

Despite that impressive CV, the Red Devils want to make sure they protect the player from unrealistic pressure and also the risk of burn-out in the run up to the demanding festive programme of fixtures.

It could well be Solskjaer looks to hand his man a rest in the next couple of weeks, knowing he can rely on the experience of veteran full-back Ashley Young to help fill the void.

The United supremo has developed a similar stance with 21-year-old Wales winger Daniel James, who joined at the same time as Wan-Bissaka and is having his game time carefully managed by the Norwegian.