Aaron Wan-Bissaka sealed a £50m move to Manchester United from Crystal Palace after a Breakthrough campaign with Palace last term.
Wan-Bissaka has proven that he’s worth the transfer fee after starting the season for Manchester United in extraordinary fashion.
However, it wasn’t all smooth for Wan-Bissaka as he almost made a move downward to the League Two not too long ago.
Wan-Bissaka made his Crystal Palace debut against Spurs in February 2018 as a youngster, and Crystal Palace academy coach Shaun Derry has revealed that Wan-Bissaka almost joined Cambridge United during his time as manager of the club.
Derry has admitted that things were so poor and rough in the lower league that Wan-Bissaka became super motivated to work his way through the Palace first team.
“Aaron came to Cambridge, the [transfer] window was shut so we couldn’t sign anyone but we spoke about him coming out of this environment [Crystal Palace] and into a League Two environment,” Derry said.
“We took him to Cambridge, he was a right-winger at this time, we were looking for one and he spent four days with us. He was late!
“We had no food after training because we just didn’t have any food at the training ground, we had no gym – one spin bike with a peddle hanging off was all we had – the grass was horrendous.
“I remember thinking that the only value he will get from the four days’ experience is what it will look like where he doesn’t [want to be]: ‘I don’t want to go back there!’
“He came back and went straight through the roof. That added value, going to see different experiences.”