Wan-Bissaka: how I settled down in Manchester
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.
“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 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.”
“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.”