KEY POINTS

  • Michael Gray thinks that Aaron Wan-Bissaka does not deserve a spot in any English Football League system
  • The 23-year-old defender has made some critically errant decisions this season
  • Diogo Dalot could take away some of his playing time if he does not improve

Former England international left-back Michael Gray had some harsh words for Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Gray laid into the 23-year-old in a recent appearance on talkSPORT, saying that he would not be even given a spot in League Two--the fourth and lowest division of the English Football League system.

“Wan-Bissaka, he’s the best defender in the Premier League in a one vs one situation, but his distribution with the ball, with the ball at his feet he wouldn’t get a game in League Two,” said Gray.

“When I watch him play, he never looks comfortable with the ball at his feet. I don’t feel confident at all, I don’t think he does either.”

Wan-Bissaka has become a favorite target for Manchester United’s defensive woes this season as his play has led to some terrible results early on.

The right-back made a crucial mistake in their UEFA Champions League group match-up against Young Boys last September 15.

Wan-Bissaka made a terrible challenge that got him a straight red card, forcing Manchester United to play with 10 men on the field that led to a surprising 2-1 loss away from home.

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin also targeted Wan-Bissaka’s defensive miscues, pushing for the English Premier League giants to sign an upgrade during the summer transfer window.

“Aaron Wan-Bissaka is not up to the [required] quality. We played them the other day, and I know it was only a pre-season (match), but they need to go all out for Kieran Trippier,” said Austin.

In their pre-season friendly, Austin was the recipient of a cross that came from Wan-Bissaka’s side, leading to one of their four goals in the victory against Manchester United.

“Their biggest problem is they need a right-back. Aaron Wan-Bissaka can’t defend!”

Manchester United had tried to sign Trippier, but Atletico Madrid’s asking price was just too high for them to meet.

Fans have also been criticizing Wan-Bissaka as he has a tendency to let opposing players slip by him and not make intelligent plays in general.

The Young Boys incident is an indicator of how much Wan-Bissaka has to improve if he wants to help his side win the Premier League title this season.

Should Wan-Bissaka not show any signs of improvement in the upcoming matches, he may find himself losing some first-team opportunities to Diogo Dalot.