Why Manchester United must sign Patrick van Aanholt
Manchester United raided Crystal Palace for one of the best right-backs in the Premier League last season.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined the Red Devils from Palace and has impressed in his two appearances for the club.
The Red Devils were also linked with a move for Wan-Bissaka’s ex-teammate Patrick van Aanholt (h/t Sun).
The Dutch left-back has been one of the most impressive players at Palace and is excellent going forward.
United might have signed Wan-Bissaka in the summer, but they should be plotting for the 28-year-old too.
Quality competition for Luke Shaw
United have had trouble with the left-back spot for a while but those problems have reduced with Luke Shaw’s rise.
The former Southampton defender had a horrible time after his ankle injury a few years ago, and struggled under Jose Mourinho.
The 24-year-old is slowly getting back to his best under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but United don’t have quality competition for him.
Ashley Young has been converted into a left-back but the Englishman doesn’t always look comfortable in the position.
Diogo Dalot could be forced into playing there, but he is cover for Wan-Bissaka on the right side of the defence.
Van Aanholt is older than Shaw by four years, but he would provide quality competition and cover for the Englishman.
The Dutch defender has a ton of Premier League experience thanks to his stints with Sunderland, Palace and Chelsea, and could test himself by moving to a bigger club.
The 28-year-old played 36 games for Palace in the Premier League last season and has started both games of the current campaign.
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Van Aanholt also recorded three goals and provided two assists for the Eagles in the previous season.
Shaw didn’t fare any better for United last season as he scored one goal and provided four assists in the Premier League.
Van Aanholt is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League from outside the top six clubs, and United should move for him as cover for Shaw.
The Dutch defender does need to improve some of his defensive aspects, but his attacking ability cannot be questioned.