|Full name||Aaron Wan-Bissaka|
|Date of birth||26 November 1997|
|Place of birth||Croydon, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2015||DR Congo U20||1||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:53, 25 May 2023 (UTC)|
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (born 26 November 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Manchester United.
Wan-Bissaka began his career with Crystal Palace and was named as the club's Player of the Year for the 2018–19 season. In 2019, he moved to Manchester United for an initial fee of £45 million, with another £5 million due in potential bonuses.
He is of Congolese descent and made one appearance for DR Congo under-20s in 2015. He has gone on to represent the country of his birth, England, at under-20 and under-21 levels.
Wan-Bissaka was born in Croydon, Greater London and grew up in New Addington, Croydon, where he attended Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School.
Wan-Bissaka was a member of the Crystal Palace academy from the age of 11, where he started out as a winger. He signed a professional contract with the club in December 2016.
On the 2017 pre-season tour, Wan-Bissaka began to feature with the Palace first team under new manager Frank de Boer, playing in a number of friendlies. The Dutchman played a formation with wing-backs, and this new role emphasised Wan-Bissaka's defensive capabilities, eventually leading to him moving from a winger to a full-back. However, he saw chances limited in the first half of the season as De Boer showed a preference to play Timothy Fosu-Mensah or Martin Kelly at right-back, then new manager Roy Hodgson favoured Joel Ward. He was an unused substitute a few times under the new manager, while also starring for the Eagles U23 side.
On 25 February 2018, Wan-Bissaka made his first-team debut for Crystal Palace, in the midst of an injury crisis, in a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park which resulted in a 1–0 defeat. He played all but two minutes of the four Palace matches in March, and won the club's Player of the Month award with 65% of the supporters' votes.
On 20 August 2018, Wan-Bissaka was sent off in a 2–0 loss to Liverpool for denying Mohamed Salah a clear goalscoring opportunity. He was named the club's Player of the Month for August, September, October and March. On 30 April 2019, Wan-Bissaka was named the Crystal Palace Player of the Year for his displays throughout the season.
On 29 June 2019, Wan-Bissaka signed a five-year contract with fellow Premier League club Manchester United. Crystal Palace would receive an initial fee of £45 million, with another £5 million due in potential bonuses. Upon signing for Manchester United, Wan-Bissaka became the sixth-most expensive defender of all time and the most expensive English player who was uncapped by the national side at the time of transfer.
On 11 August 2019, he made his Manchester United debut, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 league victory over Chelsea. At the end of his first season at Manchester United, he made the highest number of tackles in the 2019–20 Premier League season. On 17 October 2020, as United won 4–1 at Newcastle United, he scored the first goal of his professional career. On 2 February 2021, Wan-Bissaka scored the opening goal in United's Premier League record-equalling 9–0 win over Southampton.
Wan-Bissaka missed a significant part of the first half of the 2022–23 season due to illnesses or injuries, with Diogo Dalot starting at right-back in the majority of United's games. Wan-Bissaka returned to the pitch after the World Cup break in impressive form, with manager Erik ten Hag praising his improvements.
Wan-Bissaka was born in England and is of Congolese descent. Wan-Bissaka made a single appearance for DR Congo U20s in an 8–0 friendly loss to the England U17s on 7 October 2015. However, he remained eligible to represent the country of his birth and, after impressing for Crystal Palace, Wan-Bissaka was called up to the England under-20 squad in March 2018. He was sent off during his debut against Poland, although England still won 1–0.
Wan-Bissaka was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time in September 2018 and made his debut for them on 6 September, playing 90 minutes in a 0–0 draw with the Netherlands at Carrow Road. On 27 May 2019, Wan-Bissaka was included in England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He made one appearance in the tournament, a 2–1 loss against France, in which he scored an own goal.
Despite interest from DR Congo, Wan-Bissaka said in May 2019 that he intended to pursue an international career with England, stating: "The aim is England. I am happy playing with England and representing England, so that is what I am going to continue doing".
In August 2019, Wan-Bissaka received his first call-up to the senior England team, ahead of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria, but was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a back injury.
Since the injury withdrawal in 2019, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has found himself competing with the likes of Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and Reece James, as for the result of his faltering performance, he has several times expressed his desire to represent his ancestral DR Congo, and media speculation has also supported the claim of his potential nationality switch, even though he has not done so by 2023.
Style of play
Wan-Bissaka is primarily a defensively minded right-back, known for his pace, slide tackling and ability in one-on-one defensive duels. He was described as the "best one-on-one defender for a full-back in the world" by Jamie Carragher in 2020. In the 2019–20 Premier League season Wan-Bissaka made the joint-highest number of tackles, level with Wilfred Ndidi on 129.
In December 2021, Wan-Bissaka was given a six-month driving ban and a £31,500 fine by Leeds Magistrates Court for driving while disqualified and uninsured, and for not giving driver details about two speeding offences. His lawyers said that he was unaware of his offending, as he had not registered his new address with the DVLA.
- As of match played 3 June 2023
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||EFL Cup||Europe||Total|
|Crystal Palace||2016–17||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
|Manchester United||2019–20||Premier League||35||0||2||0||4||0||5[a]||0||46||0|
- ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, nine appearances in UEFA Europa League
- ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Crystal Palace Young Player of the Year: 2017–18
- Crystal Palace Player of the Year: 2018–19
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2020–21
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- Profile at the Manchester United F.C. website
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Soccerbase
- 1997 births
- Living people
- Footballers from Croydon
- Democratic Republic of the Congo footballers
- Democratic Republic of the Congo men's under-20 international footballers
- English footballers
- England men's youth international footballers
- England men's under-21 international footballers
- Men's association football defenders
- Crystal Palace F.C. players
- Manchester United F.C. players
- Premier League players
- English sportspeople of Democratic Republic of the Congo descent
- Black British sportsmen