Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has encouraged Aaron Wan-Bissaka to ’embrace the culture’ at Old Trafford ahead of the full-back’s proposed transfer.
Manchester United and Crystal Palace have reportedly agreed a fee of £50m for Wan-Bissaka, and Rooney has been quick to offer some advice for the young full-back.
Wan-Bissaka to Man Utd: Five things to know…
- Wan-Bissaka undertook a medical in Manchester on Thursday.
- The fee is believed to be £45m + £5m in add-ons.
- United struggled in the right-back department last season and Antonio Valencia will leave at the end of his contract on June 30.
- The Red Devils reportedly fought off interest from Spurs and Manchester City.
- Wan-Bissaka was the only player in the PL last season to complete over 60 take-ons, 60 tackles and 60 interceptions.
Rooney moved to United when he was 18-years-old for £25.6m in 2004, a fee that was a record for an under-20 player at the time. And when quizzed on Wan-Bissaka’s seemingly imminent move by Sky Sports, Rooney had some words of wisdom for the youngster.
He said: “(Wan-Bissaka should) Enjoy it – play with no fear.
“Manchester United is a fantastic club – one of, if not the, best football clubs in the world.
“You have to embrace it and embrace the culture of Manchester United, learn the history. Just go there and do your best.
“I am sure if he does that he will be fine – and I am sure the coaches there will be telling him all this.”
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Wan-Bissaka flew to Manchester shortly after returning from England’s disappointing campaign at the European Under-21 Championship in Italy, where he scored a last-minute own-goal that won the game for France in their opening match. He is expected to sign a long-term deal at the club, where he will receive a substantial wage increase.
United struggled at right-back in 2018/19, with Ashley Young playing there for the majority of the season. Wan-Bissaka is expected to be just one of a multitude of incomings at Old Trafford this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to rebuild an ageing United side. The Crystal Palace full-back will join Welsh winger Daniel James as United’s only signings thus far.
The right-back will be hoping that his transfer does not follow the same path as current teammate Wilfried Zaha’s did in 2013. Zaha described his time at Old Trafford as ‘hell’ and has since returned to Palace. The Ivorian is also reportedly seeking a move away from Palace this window, but the club will be reluctant to sell both him and Wan-Bissaka.