Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been told to forget about trying to copy Trent Alexander-Arnold in becoming one of the best attacking full-backs in the world.
Alexander-Arnold’s assists from the right flank were vital to Liverpool as they won the Premier League title last season.
United captured Wan-Bissaka for £50million from Crystal Palace 12 months ago and he made a strong impression in helping the club return to the Champions League.
But there have been doubts over whether the 22-year-old offers enough going forward.
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Neville, who spent 19 years as United’s right-back, is the ideal man to advise Wan-Bissaka and he thinks the England international should focus on his strengths.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka should focus on his defending and become a brilliant Manchester United full back defensively, who keeps clean sheets,” the Sky Sports analyst told the Mirror.
“That’s No 1, and he should focus on that.
“The idea that you are going to make Aaron Wan-Bissaka into Trent Alexander-Arnold or Kyle Walker is never going to happen. So let’s concentrate on how he can support Manchester United becoming a winning team. There is more than one way to win a football match.
“The idea that because Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker are two of the most outstanding attacking full backs in Europe means that Manchester United have to have one of the most outstanding attacking full-backs in Europe is not the case.
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“I’ve seen Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta be successful in the Premier League over the past five, 10 years and they have been very different full backs to the ones I’ve mentioned. Manchester United have invested £50 million in him, so rather than try and change him they have to work with what he does.
“It’s a bit of an old fashioned approach because nowadays full backs are expected to be wingers, score goals, set up goals, take free kicks and penalties.
“This is a little bit of a throwback. I don’t think we have to try and say he needs to be something different.
He’s an outstanding defensive right back – he could potentially be part of a back three – he’s a better defender than some of the attacking full backs, work on that.”
Neville also believes that Wan-Bissaka’s team-mates could be helping him develop into a top star
“I have seen him get left isolated on the ball in what’s a big pitch at Old Trafford,” he added.
“I always had three options, whether it was Beckham, Keane or Yorke, or whether it would be Carrick, Ronaldo and Rooney.
“I knew where they were and I was feeding it into them. He just needs to polish up serving into the forward players to start the attack, that’s the only thing I would ask of him.”
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