Man United new boy Aaron Wan-Bissaka reflects on big switch from Crystal Palace

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka says he is honoured to be a Manchester United player after completing a big-money move from Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old defender signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford to become the most expensive uncapped British player of all time.

PA understands 20-time English champions United have paid Palace an initial £45 million for the right-back, which could eventually rise to £50million based on add-ons.

The up-front fee makes Wan-Bissaka the fifth biggest signing in the club’s history behind Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Angel Di Maria and Fred.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say,” Wan-Bissaka told the club website.

“Every kid wants to play for a team like this. I think I will improve every step and learn different things around new team-mates.

“Man United is a big club, a big family, a big fan base, and I think they all stick together and are so tight together.

“I can see that I have made (my family) proud with this decision and where I have come from, how the journey started, and that makes me kick on and carry on.

“I am going to give everything for the club and for the fantastic fans and I can’t wait to get started.”

England Under-21 international Wan-Bissaka, whose contract includes an option for a sixth season, made his senior debut in February 2018 and appeared 46 times in all competitions for the Eagles.

He was named Palace Player of the Year by both players and fans for his standout performances across the 2018-19 campaign, before enduring a tough European Under-21 Championship with his country.

Wan-Bissaka had three years remaining on his Palace deal and, in May, said he expected to remain at Selhurst Park next season.

However, United have managed to lure him away from his native south London and will hope they have found a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Ashley Young and the recently-departed Antonio Valencia.

Wan-Bissaka said he was impressed with the ambition and vision of United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“Ole has reassured me about his plans, what he is going to do with the team,” added Wan-Bissaka, who will wear the number 29 shirt.

“That is something I want to be a part of. It was the gaffer’s decision and his plan to rebuild, and to bring the team back to where it is supposed to be.

“I wanted to be a part of that plan.”

United eventually finished sixth in 2018-19 during a tumultuous campaign which saw Solskjaer replace the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.

The Norwegian is excited by the potential of Wan-Bissaka, who becomes his second summer signing following the arrival of Wales winger Daniel James from Swansea earlier this month.

“Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League,” said Solskjaer.

“He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age.

“I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”

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Manchester United have completed the big-money signing of Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The 21-year-old swaps Selhurst Park for Old Trafford for an initial fee understood to be £45million, with another £5million possible in add-ons.

Wan-Bissaka becomes the most expensive uncapped British player of all-time and has signed a five-year deal at United, with the option of a further year.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League.

“He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”

Wan-Bissaka, who made 46 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles, becomes Solskjaer’s second signing following the arrival of Swansea’s Daniel James earlier in the month.

He was named Palace Player of the Year by both players and fans for his performances across the 2018/19 campaign, although the right-back endured a tough European Under-21 Championship with England.

Wan-Bissaka said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.

“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”

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Watch: Brilliant video of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and family on his first day as a Man United player

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The family of Aaron Wan-Bissaka confirmed the full-back’s move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United in a £50million deal by sharing a poignant video of his first day at the club.

It is understood United will pay £45million up front with £5million in add-ons for the 21-year-old, who will receive a five-year contract at Old Trafford.

Wan-Bissaka will become the second summer signing made by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after Daniel James joined from Swansea.

Leaked pictures and video of Wan-Bissaka wearing next season’s United shirt began to appear on social media on Friday, seeming to indicate that the player had passed his medical and agreed terms.

Wan-Bissaka was part of the England squad that exited the Under-21 European Championship in the group stage last week. He is yet to make his senior international debut and only made his first appearance for Palace 16 months ago.

Wan-Bissaka has made 46 appearances in all competitions for Palace where he won the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards.

Watch the clip below to see Wan-Bissaka and his family at Carrington

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