Aaron: We're refreshed & thirsty for football

Sunday 04 April 2021 08:00

Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka believes the squad is recharged and ready to go again, after what he describes as a well-timed international break.

The Reds were enjoying a 14-match unbeaten run across all competitions until suffering a defeat to Leicester City in the Premier League last time out. 

After that result at the King Power Stadium, the squad was effectively split in two: half went away with their respective countries, while the other half remained at the Aon Training Complex. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels the change will have benefitted our international players and Wan-Bissaka says those who stayed in Manchester have also reaped rewards. 
In an interview that appears in today’s edition of United Review, Aaron agrees the break came at a good time for the squad: “Yeah, I’d say so,” he tells our man Steve Bartram. 

“Most of us have been playing games every three days and it’s tough but we get through it. We’ve mainly played well and recovered well, and all you can do is take each game step-by-step. 

“Those of us who weren’t away with our countries had three days off at the end of last week, which was good mentally. I feel like this break has helped the group and now it’s all about coming back and getting the right result tonight against Brighton.”
Wan-Bissaka has made 42 appearances in all competitions so far this season and only three United players can boast more than that, in Harry Maguire (44), Marcus Rashford (45) and Bruno Fernandes (45). 

Aaron’s second outing of the campaign was in the dramatic 3-2 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium back in September, when a Fernandes penalty in the 100th minute earned the win. 

The tone for an unpredictable season was arguably set that day and The Spider has vivid memories of the occasion, as he explains in United Review. 
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“I remember that one well,” he says. “The result can be anything in those types of games. That penalty we got in the last seconds could have been at the other end, it was that type of afternoon. 

“I can’t imagine how they felt to be giving a penalty away at that time, but at the same time it was an incredible feeling for us. When you see Bruno stepping up to take it, there’s no doubt for me that he’s going to score and of course he did!”

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