Aaron Wan-Bissaka during Tour 2019.

Wan-Bissaka: how I settled down in Manchester

Monday 26 August 2019 13:49

Summer acquisition Aaron Wan-Bissaka has opened up about his first few months in a new city and at a new club, in an exclusive interview with United Review.

The full-back, who signed from Crystal Palace in late June, has made an assured start to life at Manchester United, excelling in his very first competitive performance during the 4-0 win against Chelsea and then winning the Man-of-the-Match award in his second outing away at Wolves.
But how does the young Londoner reflect on his first few months up north? And how is he getting on away from the pitch, in his new home city?
The 21-year-old revealed all in the latest edition of United Review... 
Wan-Bissaka has been exceptional since joining, and was voted Man of the Match in the draw at Wolves.
"I was told what would happen, but I didn't know it was going to be that big. As soon as we landed, the fans were waiting for us, waiting overnight... amazing! Plus, I got a lot of minutes on the clock. I think I needed it to get to know the team and bond with them. 
“Coming into this team as a new signing, you're not nervous but you think: 'Am I going to settle in quick?' But they were all good to me from the start, which made it so much easier.”
The Croydon-born defender quickly impressed on tour, drawing great acclaim for a series of tackles against Internazionale in Singapore.
"The older players help me a lot. 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."
"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."
Aaron believes the pre-season tour was vital in helping him get to know his new colleagues, on and off the pitch.
"I've settled down now. A couple of weeks back I found a house to move in to. I just haven't been out much! 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.”
This feature first appeared in the Crystal Palace edition of United Review on 24 August. If you were not at the match to purchase a copy, you can order one here.
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