Erik ten Hag says Aaron Wan-Bissaka still has a role at Manchester United in spite of only making his second appearance of the season on Wednesday.
With Diogo Dalot unavailable, Wan-Bissaka came into the starting line-up, after the World Cup with a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Burnley at Old Trafford.
Setting set up the first goal in a 2-0 win, connects with Bruno Fernandes’ pass and a set up for Christian Eriksen in the 27th minute.
Among rumours, teams interested in the player includes Wolves, Crystal Palace and West Ham. Man United boss Ten Hag was asked after the Burnley match if Wan-Bissaka had a future in his squad, and he said: “It’s clear, he has a future.
“He had some good years here at Man United, but from the start this season he had a lot of illnesses and injuries.
“From the restart on, he’s fit, he could train with the team, and you see him progressing. His fitness level is getting better, his performance level is getting better and I’m really happy with his performance (against Burnley).
“If you then give an assist, especially the way he gave an assist, his movement in the right moment, the timing, great pass of course from Bruno, but the assist is great… So I’m happy with his performance, he did good.”
Ten Hag said he’s pleased with the display, while also emphasizing the need for more when United resume their league, hosting Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
Ten Hag, whose side are fifth in the league, said: “It’s always difficult after an international break, and especially when they are five weeks not playing together. I don’t think this team ever played together that we put on the pitch (against Burnley).
“But they play along our principles of football and I’m pleased with the performance, and of course with the win. We scored two goals, I think we have to score many more goals, a clean sheet, although we created also some good chances for them I would say.
“But we know from this point we have to step up, we have to do better because we have great ambitions. You have to do better against Forest, that’s clear.”