Crystal Palace U23 Coach Richard Shaw has revealed stunning secrets about what helped Aaron Wan-Bissaka attract the attention of Manchester United despite being only 21-year-old.
Manchester United went out of their way to spend £50m to sign Wan-Bissaka, and the right-back was exactly who United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed.
Shaw has now revealed how Wan-Bissaka grew from the academy.
“Azza’s got the temperament to handle anything. That’s his big thing,” Shaw wrote for United’s official website.
“After a game, you wouldn’t know if he’d won the man of the match or scored four own-goals in the same game. You just wouldn’t be able to tell from his demeanour. That’s what’s quite endearing about him: he’s never high, never low. He just gets on with his job.
“He comes in, very quietly spoken, joins in with the banter, but just gets on with his job. That’s what I love about him: no airs and graces. Onto the next game, let’s go. He’s got bags of ability and all the character to go with it.”
“It’s well known that Az wasn’t always a right-back,” Shaw went on. “I used him as a winger on either side and even then, at 16, he had wonderful defensive responsibility – it was just his end product we were trying to work on. He was a great defensive midfield player too.
“He had these long legs, so when you think you’ve got past him, he’d tackle you when you thought you’d gotten away. It was absolutely incredible. These go-go-gadget legs come from nowhere, just when you think you’ve got past him. Bang. He’s got you.”