Harry Maguire And Aaron Wan-Bissaka Show Manchester United What They Have Been Missing

The Premier League is back on everyone’s screens and Manchester United fans could not be happier after seeing their team overcome Chelsea by four-goals-to-nil.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s players might not have been on top and in cruise control for the full 90 minutes, but they showed signs of promise as well as their deadly instinctive nature when it came to counter-attacking.

Two players stood out for Man United in their Premier League opener, and they just so happened to be the debutants: Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

In recent years, predominantly in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Manchester United’s signings have always taken time to settle in and make an impact, or, conversely, rarely made one at all.

So for both Wan-Bissaka and Maguire to come into the starting team and make a hugely positive first impression at what can be a daunting Old Trafford, shows their mentality and how badly they want to succeed at the club.

It has been common knowledge that the Red Devils have suffered in defence for a number of years, having to resort to bit-part players to fill gaps. At long last, they have to able players that are excellent in carrying out their duties.

Maguire comes in alongside Victor Lindelöf in central defence and has the composure, ability and presence of mind to pick a pass or drive forward with the ball, enabling Manchester United to play on the front foot.

For one reason or another, the Englishman has been criticised for his ‘lack of defending’ as a centre back, but the game against Chelsea showed otherwise, in which he came out on top in successful interceptions, blocks and clearances.

Even in just one performance for Maguire, it was evident to see his commanding presence in the back four, as well as his leadership qualities when barking orders at the players around him. Manchester United have missed a leader in defence and now have one ready to flourish this season.

Wan-Bissaka, who only broke onto the scene in January 2018, showed exactly what the Red Devils had been missing with a player who is near on impossible to get past. The former Crystal Palace right back controlled his flank expertly well and contributed towards United’s attacking play.

There might have been a hefty initial cost for England’s U21 international, but if Wan-Bissaka can carry on the form that he has shown during pre-season and in his official debut for the Red Devils, they will view the price tag as a bargain.

Manchester United have struggled with their recruitment since Ferguson left the club, but with three they have brought in under Solskjær, which included a Daniel James debut goal, there now seems clear signs of the identity of players they want to bring in.

Not every transfer from here on in is going to be a resounding success, and there has only been one Premier League match to judge them off, but the initial impression has been hugely positive and gives the fans something to believe in for the upcoming season.

There will be twists and turns along the way, but Maguire and Wan-Bissaka have shown what the Red Devils have been missing over the years.

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