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Wan-Bissaka Explains Positional Switch And Nickname Inspiration After Signing Deal

Wan-Bissaka Explains Positional Switch And Nickname Inspiration After Signing Deal

Manchester United have signed England Under-21 right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in a £50m deal.

The defender has signed a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.

It's a move manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to finalise, coming after weeks of negotiations. The Manchester United boss hailed the youngster after the deal was agreed.

Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

Manchester United's weakness at right-back was clear last season and Wan-Bissaka's contributions at Cyrstal Palace showed why he was the ideal recruit to fill that void. He led way as the best tackling full-back in the Premier League with 129.

It is this technical proficiency that resulted in his current nickname: 'The Spider.'

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Speaking to MUTV, he explained how this moniker came about: "The range and length of my legs when I'm lunging to tackle the ball!"

Yet his career progression also means he is capable on the other side of the ball as well. The Englishman also outlined how he moved from striker, to winger, to full-back during his career.

It started with a formation really, you know with wing-backs, and I was playing on the wing back then but we had to play with wing-backs so that is how I got used to it and got the feel of it. From that I enjoyed it and that is how it really all got started.

"I started out as a striker. Growing up, I used to look at Thierry Henry and I just really wanted to do stuff that he did in the Premier League. That encouraged me to push on and try to make things happen."

Manchester United's transfer activity is far from complete, according to reports in Spain. The club are currently pursuing Ivan Rakitic but have yet to meet the Nou Camp's £45million asking price.

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