On the eve of a large-scale match with Arsenal, Manchester United manager Erik ten Haga was asked about Aaron Van Bissacki’s recent resurgence.
The 25-year-old, who looked destined to leave the club in the January transfer window, has turned in a noticeable change in form.
He managed just four minutes in the first half of the season and the Dutch manager opted to play Diogo Dalot instead.
A number of clubs, such as former club Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United, have been linked with a move for the defender.
But after the break of world cup, Van Bissaka has changed. He produced an acrobatic assist in his first start of the campaign against Burnley before impressing in the Manchester derby against his former club.
Ten Hag on Aaron Wan-Bissaka: “He’s starting to train, making good progress from the start of the season until now. He was in a bad situation because he wasn’t fit, a few injuries and illnesses and things changed during the break.”
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The manager said the first half of the season had been difficult for the defender due to minor injuries and several bouts of illness.
He believed the defender and said that he used the break to improve his form, heeded all the advice of the coach and reaped the benefits.
“He’s starting to train and he’s made good progress from the start of the season to now,” the United boss told a pre-match press conference.
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“He had a bad situation because he was not fit and had a lot of injuries, he had several illnesses in the first half of the season until November, but at half time everything changed.
“He has been working well in training camp and has had good performances in games. I think he is progressing well against Crystal Palace he was one of our best players.”
In what could potentially have been six points against the league leaders, Ten Haga was asked if he thought the club were on the right track.
“Yes, I am fully convinced of this process. I think we are going in the right direction, but it also means that we have to improve a lot if you want to fight for high positions in the future, because the competition will be very tough.