Few would argue about the defensive qualities of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Ever since Manchester United paid the £50million it required to land the Crystal Palace star, he has added a steely edge to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's back four.
It's his work at the other end of the pitch that has received some criticism. In total, since his move to Old Trafford, he has managed just two and seven assists in 76 appearances.
Solskjaer did address the lack of production from his right back, when speaking about the requirements of all full-backs at United.
“When you play at Man United as a full back you do have to provide assists,” Solskjaer said last year. “That's just part and parcel of being here, so he's getting more and more of them.”
In January, Solskjaer was heavily linked with bringing in competition for Wan-Bissaka, with the likes of Kieran Trippier and Lucas Vazquez touted as potential options.
A move for Trippier was ultimately shelved, with the England international involved in an appeal with the Football Association over a breach of betting guidelines.
That policy has worked to perfection with Luke Shaw, with the arrival of Alex Telles spurning him to new heights in recent weeks.
But quietly, Wan-Bissaka's attacking influence continues to grow. He now has three goal involvements in 2021, including two in his last two matches.
And it's not just the interventions that are left on the stat sheet that are representing his improvement. The 23-year-old appears a step further forward and his willingness to take the opposing full-back continues to grow.
The player himself alluded to the fact that he needed to improve his output, but is putting himself under no pressure until the end of the season.
"There is always pressure for every player who moves clubs when it comes to what a new club expects and how you settle in," he told Sky Sports. "But with this club it all came in one, I knew there was pressure.
"As a kid all you can do at a club like this is play week in, week out. The main thing was to play without fear and be myself, and the rest would be blocked out."
Asked about his improvements, he added: "That's why I came to this club. This club is capable of helping me with that. I want to become a better player every year.
"I don't really focus on statistics at the time, but at the end of the season I look back and see if it's better than the previous season, and the season before that."
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