Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has slammed Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of Tottenham clash and urged the Reds to sign Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey.
Man United lured Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace last season for a reported £50million fee and the right-back would guide the Red Devils to a 3rd place Premier League finish and to three semi-finals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s failure to get past the semi-finals stage last season inspired him to improve his team in the summer in a bid to catch up with other Premier League rivals.
Despite Solskjaer’s seriousness over getting new players, Manchester United transfer chiefs have so far struggled to impress in the transfer market.
Jadon Sancho has been United’s top target for a couple of months but the Red Devils are looking likely to miss out on the forward’s transfer due to his mammoth price tag.
Solskjaer is more interested in improving his front line but Wayne Rooney thinks his former club should focus on their defence with more adventurous full-backs.
‘That Bruno Fernandes and Van de Beek — United’s last major signings — are two very good players who prefer the same position is another example of how their buying could have been more targeted,’ Wayne Rooney wrote in his column for The Times.
‘Personally, if I were doing their recruiting, as well as that No 9 I’d go for another centre half to partner Harry Maguire and try for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tariq Lamptey, who looks a brilliant attacking right back.
‘While Aaron Wan-Bissaka has done OK defensively, you want United full backs to put the opposition on the back foot when the team have the ball and I don’t think he does that.
‘Luke Shaw can at times but you always worry from a fitness point of view whether he can do it for 90 minutes so I think full back is an area where United could really improve.
‘The game has changed and where before your full backs didn’t have to be attacking players, they just had to provide overlaps and be an option, nowadays they have to play a full part going forward — flooding the gaps when wide strikers such as Marcus Rashford come in from the sides.’
Manchester United are back in action on Sunday when they take on Tottenham at Old Trafford. The Reds are on a three-match winning streak and will look to maintain their momentum when they face Spurs.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs have not been bad as well after knocking Chelsea out of the Carabao Cup on penalties before thrashing Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in the Europa League.