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Name Aaron Wan-Bissaka
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Org England U21 National Teams
Club as Player Manchester United
  Crystal Palace
2018 08 30
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been named Crystal Palace Player of the Month for August following his impressive displays for the side. The 20-year-old secured 48 percent of the total votes cast by the Eagles’ fans to scoop the award for the second time since breaking into the first team, having won the prize in March

2018 10 29 Retrieve

[Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka reflects on Arsenal stalemate] We started well, we created a lot of chances and we took those chances. Then, second half they got back into the game but we kept fighting to the end. The team has got confidence, especially going forward, and that helps against a team like Arsenal

[On Milivojevic’s goals] I was confident that he was going to score, so well done to Luke for getting the two [goals]

I want to keep on doing what I’m doing. Arsenal are always a challenge but challenges help me. The fans are all good to us, they’re behind us and carry us all the way

2018 12 21 Retrieve

[Aaron Wan-Bissaka reflects on impressive year with Crystal Palace] It started with the chance I was given to play in the Premier League. I was shocked when it happened, but it was a chance I had to take, and I feel I’ve taken it. It started on the Friday I went into the Analysis room, and checked the board – and my name wasn’t on the bench. I looked up and saw it in the right-back position. I was shocked, nerves kicked in. I was playing against Tottenham the next day. It’s a big thing for me, Palace are my local team. I aim to build a future with this team and to see where it takes us

[Wan-Bissaka praised Andros Townsend, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins for helping in his development] He [Townsend] is on my side – he’s been helping me ever since. If you lose the ball, you can go quiet – but he’s like ‘keep your head up’. He keeps pushing me, which helps me go again. I’ve got two leaders in Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins. Having them next to me, I don’t feel afraid. I know they’ve got me in all situations. The back four, we’re a team together. Our aim is just to defend

[Palace travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on champions Manchester City on Saturday and the defender assured he will not be under pressure playing against Pep Guardiola’s men] It’s the same as other games, it makes no difference to me. I just play my game, put the effort in and work hard. I know I’ll learn something from [playing versus Leroy Sane et al], to help me in the future. They’re smart players, we’ve got to be smart as well. We’ll look to gamble, as they look to take their chances

[On his target for 2019] My aim is to keep my position, and to keep improving.

2018 12 31 Retrieve

[Palace wonderkid Wan Bissaka says 2018 was my breakthrough but 2019 can be better] It was a breakthrough year for me. It changed a lot for me. My aim is to do better next year. I didn’t expect the breakthrough to come the way it has. I’m grateful for it and I’ll take the chances.

[Against Chelsea] I just played my game. My aims to stop them doing what they’re good at. That’s what I aimed to do

[Gareth Southgate is no stranger to giving promising youngsters a chance in the England team, but Wan-Bissaka insists he still proud to be part of the U21 set up for now] We’ll have to see with that. The aim is to just go forward, whether England or the Under-21s and just keep improving

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first match for Manchester United at Old Trafford went as well as he could have hoped] It was a great result to beat Chelsea and I couldn’t have been much happier with how it went. I had been waiting for my first game at Old Trafford as a United player and it felt great to get it done and for it to go so well

I wasn’t nervous, that’s not me, but I think a lot of eyes were on the new signings to see how we got on. I just tend to block out that stuff and focus on my own game but at the same time I was really excited about it. I got a lot of playing time in pre-season matches, which I needed because it helped me get to know the team. The games all went well and the players were all great with me from the first day onwards. They are all good lads and they helped me a lot when it came to settling in, but even so your first league game at Old Trafford is always going to be a landmark. Thankfully I was happy with my performance

[Wan-Bissaka thinks his side have everything they need to carry on winning, with the confidence of having beaten Chelsea providing an early season boost] It will be a tough game, obviously, but there are a lot of positives from the Chelsea match we can take into it and there are a few areas where we can probably improve as well. What we have at United now is a good mix of young and experienced players and, speaking as one of the younger members of the squad, I think that’s important. We need people to set the standards to live up to, to set the tempo in games when we need it and the more experienced players in the dressing room are capable of doing that

2019 08 23 Retrieve

[Aaron-Wan Bissaka has set himself the target of putting in the most tackles for Manchester United each and every time he takes to the field] I love tackles, man. I want to come out with the most tackles from each game; that’s my aim. I’m not really happy when I come out of a game without many tackles. At the same time, when I look back at it, it doesn’t mean anything negative, necessarily – it might mean that the winger’s not confident to keep on coming at me, for me to have the chance to tackle him. Wingers hate it. When I was a winger, I hated being tackled! When I attempted to beat a player and he slide-tackled me, I’d just think: ‘I don’t want to go down there again,’ and change the route, change my play, you know?

I just like to play my game, play without fear, do what I’m capable of doing. Was I nervous before my debut? Nah. Me, I block it out. I know what nerves can do. Nerves keep you quiet. I’m just waiting for the game to start. I’m in the changing room, just waiting, thinking: ‘Can this game hurry up and start?’. The longer it takes, that’s when the nerves could come in, so I just want to get the waiting over and done with. I just want to get into the game, get the ball as much as possible. That stops the nerves. Then I like to get the tackles in, because I get a lot of confidence from tackles. The fans help as well, cheering them, so, after that, I want to get into the next one, then the next one. That helps

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[Wan-Bissaka reveals Paul Pogba advice following Man Utd arrival] Paul Pogba has advised me a lot. That first game in Perth, he was telling me the same thing everyone has: you’re here for a reason, play your game, play without fear, get up and down - that’s what I put into my head

[Wan-Bissaka further revealed that he felt he was improving his game from exposure to United’s attack in training] I’m up against Anthony [Martial] a lot. It’s tough, but you take the positives. It helps both of us. Playing against someone with quick feet like him, you can’t not learn. Our attackers have all got a lot of pace, so you just have to be concentrated and focused for their next move all the time

I’ve settled down now. We had a team bonding night, which was great. I’m not usually the type to interact, but that was definitely needed on my part. It was great to see a bit more of people away from football. I’m new to Manchester, but it’s a nice area and I’ve settled now. I’ve made sure I kept my shirt from the Chelsea game, so that’ll be getting framed and going up on the wall at home

2019 10 02 Retrieve

[United have released a statement confirming the news on their official website this morning] As confirmed by Ole in his press conference following Monday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones will sit out the trip with injury, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw also haven’t travelled

Wan-Bissaka missed the clash with the Gunners due to tonsilitis, while Luke Shaw has been absent since picking up a hamstring injury during the Crystal Palace match in August. Following a specialist’s opinion, Paul Pogba requires a period of further rest and conservative treatment for the foot injury he sustained during the game against Southampton in August. Updates will follow in due course

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Man Utd star Wan-Bissaka wanted to be Thierry Henry before becoming a £50m right-back] Growing up I looked up to Henry. I just like goals, I liked the way he scored goals. I always pictured myself scoring goals when I was younger. I trained there (at right-back) a few times because Palace needed players in that position, that’s when they noticed how good I am at tackling and defending

[He said on settling in to new surroundings] It’s been different but I knew I was up for a new challenge, a new area, a different life. I’ve adapted well here, settled in quite quickly with the team. They (team-mates) have been great to me

[Wan-Bissaka also claims to be benefitting from spending every day working alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, rather than against them] When you know you’re coming up against them… you know it’s going to be a hard test but that’s going to make me better person. Every session helps a lot, whether they go past me or they don’t, it still helps and it allows me to expect who I’m going to be up against during a Premier League game

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Wan-Bissaka: More to come from Man Utd, that’s why I’m here] I’m happy with the team and what we’ve done together, so far, and I think there’s more to come. That’s why I joined – to be a part of such a great club. The fans have been great. They help me in every game and their reactions to my tackles help me a lot during games. It’s nice to hear the praise

[A 2-1 derby win over the Blues saw the Red Devils put in a thoroughly professional display] My first derby was a good experience. I was excited for it and I was excited after the game. It was a terrific week for us. At the end of the season, I’ll look back (at the statistics). It’s always good to know the numbers are high

2019 12 27 Retrieve

[After only making his Premier League debut in 2018, it has been a whirlwind year for the 22-year-old – and he says the shift backwards from a right-wing position was key] It has gone so quick, such a short space of time, but I’m happy with the chance I was given in that position. I don’t regret it. But the change hasn’t been massive to me. I always had that defensive mindset when I was an attacker. I used to love tackling as well. When I played right wing, left wingers would beat the right back and I’d be recovering and getting the tackles in. That’s where it really started. Because I’ve been in a winger’s position I know how to think at times. Where you see space down the line you take it. That’s what I like to give them. I don’t like anything going past me. Anything. And I like to keep it that way

[Up against City’s Raheem Sterling, Wan-Bissaka shackled the England winger effectively throughout] I knew it was going to be a long game. He is one of the best wingers in the Premier League and I knew I had to step up my game. It’s a good feeling, especially a player like him with his ability. It took real concentration because he can go in or out and has got pace. He’s probably faster than me so that was a game I had to really focus on and actually go hard at it. Was that the toughest battle of my career? Yes, but since my debut with Crystal Palace [against Tottenham] no winger is going to be easy. It’s going to be a challenge every game and they are only going to get harder with the better players you come up against

2020 01 14 Retrieve

[Wan-Bissaka excited by Solskjaer’s vision for Man Utd as £50m full-back vows to get better] It’s so exciting, definitely. I can see the manager’s plans and what he’s trying to do with the younger lot in the team. Consistency is the next step. If we do that, then we’ll be on another level

Yeah, definitely. I’m happy. I think I’ve done well and I think I’ll only get better. I’m quite happy. When it comes to games, it’s not just about my performance, it’s about the team. I’ve enjoyed building relationships with the team in games, working on my partnership with the defence. We all go off each other, so that helps as well. My work in the final third is something that needs improving, for me. Coming to this club, that’s something that I knew I could improve here. I knew it would make me a better player, coming to United

Harry [Maguire] and Victor [Lindelof], they both help me on and off the pitch. Before a game, motivation, getting the clean sheet, same as last game, let’s go in hard, look to the next game. That helps. It gets you ready for that game. Axel [Tuanzebe] too – he’s really good competition. He’s 22, but he’s mature. He’s similar to Harry and Victor. He’s a loud guy, vocal, he likes to take charge. It helps to have those characters around

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Aaron Wan-Bissaka says Man Utd are capable of winning trophies] I think we’re in a better position than when I joined. We didn’t start off great at first, not as the club is expected to do, so I think we’re moving in the right direction now. I’m very excited about the future. I think we’re getting closer to reaching our target. I came to this club to win trophies and I know that this team is capable of winning trophies. I think it’s a process. We’re going in the right direction and that’s what we’re aiming for

[Wan-Bissaka added on the importance of United winning their first piece of silverware with Solskjaer as soon as possible] I think that will help a lot, getting our hands on the first trophy. It will boost our confidence and help us go on to the next [one]. That’s how Ole wants us to think, he wants us to get our first trophy, move on to the next one and just keep going for others.

[Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira leads the Premier League’s tackling chart on 117, but Wan-Bissaka is currently in second on 91] I think I’m second at the moment, and I’m happy with that for now, just to be right up there. First place is the target by the end of the season! It’s going in the direction that I want it to go. I’m working hard and improving my game all of the time, and I just want to continue doing that

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Aaron Wan-Bissaka says Harry Maguire doing a great job as Man Utd captain] The captain has one main job: be a leader for the team. Harry’s stepped in to do that role because that’s what he’s good at and he’s doing a great job

I’d say the partnerships between us have improved and we’ve been growing together. You can see it in the clean sheets. That’s always the main aim: to get the clean sheet, then the team can get the win. I think it’s down to better communication. Sometimes the formation changes, so we’ve been getting used to both five at the back and four at the back, and the communication has helped. I don’t have a preference [between the two defensive systems]. The five at the back allows me to get forward more at times during the game

Bruno Fernandes’s brought a lot. You can see that he’s brought goals, assists … you can see how everyone plays around him when he’s on the pitch. He’s confident, he wants to play forward, create chances. He’s sharp, quick, hard to mark. You can see that he lifts everyone. Him being on the ball makes sure that others make runs because they know he’s capable of giving them that ball

2020 04 06 Retrieve

[Wan-Bissaka sees more to come from him and Red Devils] When you look back at our performances from the early weeks of the season compared to how we were playing in the weeks before lockdown, the improvements are clear to see. You can see how confident we’re getting in front of goal and we’re just getting better as a team.

[The former Crystal Palace star added] Obviously when I’ve been watching the games back I’ve had an eye on my own performances too, and I’m happy with how things have gone so far in my first season at United. I really enjoyed the two Premier League derbies against City. It was a big decision for me to come to United and things have gone well, but when the time comes when we can get back to playing football, I know there’s still a lot more to come from me

[Asked to pick out his toughest opponent, the England hopeful said] I’d say Raheem Sterling; those are the battles I’ve enjoyed the most. He keeps going, just keeps on coming at you. Doesn’t matter if he doesn’t get past you in one challenge, he keeps coming back for more every time. That’s what I like. I’ve been happy with my performances in both league derbies and the results both times were just what we needed. The second one was just before lockdown, and that was an incredible afternoon. We were prepared for that game and we showed that as a team on the pitch. When Scott McTominay scored the second goal, the whole stadium just went off and you could see what it meant to everyone.

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Wan-Bissaka names his toughest opponent in Man Utd training] He’s just so unpredictable. When I first joined United and came up against him in training, he was doing things that I just really didn’t expect. I thought he’d go a certain way and he’d go the other way, or I thought he was about to do one thing and he did another, so he’s really tricky to play against. I enjoy that though; it’s been really good for my own development to test myself against him and the other attackers we have at the club

[Wan-Bissaka also revealed which United star of the past he most wished he could play alongside] There have been a lot, but I’ll say Paul Scholes. I always enjoyed watching him, particularly his technique and his composure on the ball, but his finishing was special. I always used to really like watching him playing for United and he’d be great to play alongside

I only became a defender quite late in my own development, and it took a lot of patience. You have to keep working on yourself non-stop, you have to keep testing yourself, even if it doesn’t go right. It took time for me to get success as a defender so, if you stick with it, eventually it will go right. Push yourself, always have faith and believe in yourself

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Aaron Wan-Bissaka has revealed the lengths his parents went to keep him on track as a young footballer] I loved matches but I wasn’t really enjoying training. I came home from school one time and my friends were out at the green. It was time to leave for training and I just didn’t want to leave them. He ran and chased me until I went! It’s funny to look back at now. But I understand why he did it. I’ll never forget that

[The 22-year-old has donated £10,000 worth of medical equipment, including 20,000 protective gloves for health workers, to be sent to Kinshasa to help fight the virus in the central African nation] I’m fortunate. There are those who aren’t able to protect themselves as well or have access to certain things during this crisis. It’s been great to give back. I know it’s not easy out there for them so it’s only right for me to help

[Wan-Bissaka has quickly settled in at Old Trafford] We all get along. I didn’t expect it. I thought because I was new, not many would engage with me, but as soon as I stepped in, everyone wanted to help me, showed me around, had conversations with me. They made me comfortable. The manager’s intentions have been to build this squad together and you can see the difference after the New Year. Every game we were getting better

2020 04 16b Retrieve

[Aaron Wan-Bissaka has revealed he didn’t expect to become so close to his Manchester United teammates after signing for the club] We all get along. I didn’t expect it. I thought because I was new, not many would engage with me. But as soon as I stepped in, everyone wanted to help me, showed me around, had conversations with me. They made me comfortable. The manager’s intentions have been to build this squad together and you can see the difference after the New Year. Every game we were getting better