Ferdinand Fears 50M Solskjaer Signing Could Struggle Under Rangnick

Ferdinand Fears 50M Solskjaer Signing Could Struggle Under Rangnick

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Aaron Wan-Bissaka has it all to do if he wants to be a regular starter under new manager Ralf Rangnick.

The right-back was signed by previous coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for £50m in 2019, but he does struggle in the attacking third of the pitch, and Ferdinand thinks it will cost him a place in the side:

“One thing this manager likes is full-backs who can actually play and get on the ball. As well as doing the other stuff like pressing, he wants output with the ball. That’s the weakest part of Wan-Bissaka’s game, there’s going to be a big fight for him to get back into this team.”

Ferdinand is right on the money with this assessment. If Rangnick persists with the 4-2-2-2 formation, it will place a heavy onus on the fullbacks, both to provide width and to offer quality service.

Wan-Bissaka has been inconsistent at best with his deliveries into the box over the past two seasons, while Diogo Dalot has put in two very positive performances against Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

The Portuguese right-back may not be as strong defensively as Wan-Bissaka, but it looks like he will thrive in playing in more advanced areas within Rangnick’s new system.