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Wan-Bissaka on his move to Manchester United: "I feel like I'm home"

Tue 20 July 2021 | 8:28

The 23-year-old right-back rose to prominence quickly at Crystal Palace before joining Manchester United for £50 million.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been speaking about how his £50 million ($68 million) transfer to Manchester United came about and why he couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for the Red Devils. 

After a rapid rise to fame at

Crystal Palace

, the highly-rated defender moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2019. 

Before being the target of a high-profile bid, the 23-year-old had to overcome early reservations before signing with a

Premier League

powerhouse.

Wan-Bissaka told the

Players' Tribune

 

on his career-changing transfer:

"The first thing you notice at Manchester United is how big everything is.

"I remember when I went up to sign the contract at the training ground in the summer of 2019, we just kept driving past farms and woodlands, like middle of nowhere. I'm thinking like, 'Where are we? What is this?'

"Then suddenly there it was and I ain't seen anything like it before … the pitches, the buildings, the size of everything. It's on another level. Everywhere you go you see the club's history, with pictures and references to players, trophies, success from before.

"It's massive. The biggest club in the world.

"It didn't kick in at first. I'd only made my Palace debut not that long ago.

"I'm not gonna lie, I was nervous about the move. Was I ready? I felt like I had unfinished business at Palace, that they could still help develop me, before I moved on. I had always planned on staying longer. 

"After being so eager to break into the first team, this felt like such a jump to a new life away from home, away from my parents and my family.

"But … it's Manchester United.

"These offers don't come around every day, you know what I'm saying?

"If you say no, you might never get another chance. United tend to sign players for the long haul. They might not need another right-back for a long time."

He continued:

"When I finally did meet up with the squad, I was worried they might look down on me, you know, coming from a "smaller" team. This is the club of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, David de Gea. Superstars.

"But really it was the opposite.

"Everyone was so nice and welcoming, making sure I was OK."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

gave Wan-Bissaka an instant start at the beginning of the 2019-20 season, and he has now played 100 matches for the club in just two seasons. 

Although a right-back spot has been secured, Man Utd are said to be on the lookout for fresh blood in that position, with reports linking them to the names of

Kieran Trippier

and

Max Aarons

Wan-Bissaka will not relinquish his spot without fighting, with the former England U21 international relishing every moment of his experience at one of the world's most successful and ambitious clubs.

He said:

"The feeling of 70,000 cheering you make a tackle, singing your name is … honestly, I can't put it into words.

"The only way I can describe it is to say, I feel like I've made it.

"I feel like I'm home."

 


source: SportMob

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