Aaron Wan-Bissaka believes that playing against Wilfried Zaha in training helped the Manchester United signing understand what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old became Manchester United’s second summer signing on Saturday afternoon after Wan-Bissaka finalised his £50m move to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace.
Wan-Bissaka is Manchester United’s most expensive full-back signing of all-time after the Red Devils agreed to pay £45m up front and a further £5m in add-ons.
The England Under-21 international has signed a five-year deal with Manchester United thought to be worth £80,000 a week.
Wan-Bissaka follows in the footsteps of his former Palace team-mate Zaha, who moved to Manchester United from Palace in 2013 before he returned to the Eagles less than two years later.
The new Man United signing revealed how facing Zaha in training helped him to learn how to tackle some of the Premier League’s top attacking talents since breaking into the Palace team.
“Yeah that is when I realised my actual strengths, from playing against him [Zaha],” Wan-Bissaka told Man United’s website.
“It was not easy and it was always a challenge, but at the same time it helped me and made me realise what it is to play against players like him in the Premier League.”
Wan-Bissaka made three assists in 35 games in the Premier League last season.
The Red Devils have already signed Wales international Daniel James in a £15m deal from Championship side Swansea City earlier in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013, while the Red Devils have only finished in the top four on two occasions in the past six seasons.
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