Man United: How does Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot and Tarek Lampione compare to Brighton?

Tariq Lamptey creates the same amount of chances in 90 minutes as the £50m Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot, but the Man United duo lead defensively… So should Ralph Rangnick tip the £40m over Brighton right-back?

  • Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick keen to improve options at right-back
  • Sportsmail It is revealed that the Red Devils are interested in Tarek Lamptey in Brighton
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s progress stalled after £50m move from Crystal Palace
  • United have reservations about Diogo Dalot regarding the defensive side of the game

It’s been nearly two months since Ralf Rangnick took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the road ahead for Manchester United remains strewn with bumps.

The interim manager’s demands and methods are still being implemented, and he has yet to discover his best starting lineup.

One of the areas he seems most unsure of is the Red Devils right-back slot, where he has been swinging between Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot since his relegation at Manchester at the end of November.

Manchester United interim coach Ralf Rangnick is keen to improve his options at right-back

There was no doubting who Solskjaer considered the strongest right-back with Wan-Bissaka as a key figure during the Norwegian’s tenure.

But Rangnick is less convinced and makes a chop and change between the spouses.

Sportsmail It was revealed this week that United are keenly interested in Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey as Rangnick wants to improve his options in this position.

Transfer links could bring Wan-Bissaka and Dalot back to life, but on the face of it, it’s clear that the interim boss doesn’t think either of them is doing well.

Wan-Bissaka rose to prominence as a future star at Crystal Palace and was quickly snatched up by the Premier League giants for a reported £50m, and while he can be counted consistently at the back, he is yet to fully start.

England are blessed with a plethora of quality options at right-backs such as Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Rhys James.

Sportsmail revealed this week that the Red Devils are interested in Brighton's Tarek Lamptey

Sportsmail It was revealed this week that the Red Devils are interested in Tarek Lamptey in Brighton

Wan-Bissaka – along with Lamptey – has been touted as the ones challenging England’s old guard, but the United player still hasn’t won a major international match with Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold and Chelsea’s James up front.

Wan-Bissaka’s progress at Old Trafford has stalled and there are fears he is not good enough to move forward – a trait that the modern game demands of a full-back.

Dalot joined United a year before Wan-Bissaka after being hired by Jose Mourinho in 2018 but has struggled for regular play and has been linked with a move away from the club. There are concerns that the 22-year-old is defensively compromised.

The fiery full-back Lamptey has caught the eye after leaving Chelsea for the south coast in 2020 and is better on the attacking side of the match than the United duo.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka's progress stalled after his £50m move from Crystal Palace

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s progress stalled after his £50m move from Crystal Palace

In 12 Premier League games this season, the 21-year-old has created 10 chances equal to 1.33 chances per match – the same as Wan-Bissaka and Dalot combined.

Lamptey also has an average of over three touchdowns into the opponent’s box per game while Wan-Bissaka has just over one and Dalot just over two, and the Brighton star also ranks first in full dribbles every 90 minutes this season.

However, the former Eagles man outperforms his rivals defensively with the highest fencing success rate at 54.4 percent with Lamptey at 50 percent and Dalot at 47.5 percent.

It is worth noting that Wan-Bissaka has only dribbled twice in 15 matches, while Lamptey has lost six times in 12 matches and Dalot eight times in nine matches.

The Portuguese defender outperforms his defensive peers in tackles and interceptions in every match.

United have reservations about Diogo Dalot because they worry he is weak defensively

United have reservations about Diogo Dalot because they worry he is weak defensively

Reservations about Wan-Bissaka’s offensive third ability and Dalot’s defensive fragility are justified, while Lamptey could provide the outlet United have been so coveted.

Rangnick’s side looked disjointed, one-paced, and lacked ideas in the final third, and players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani were underserved.

The new coach’s favorite 4-2-2-2 system and style of playing an intense game with high pressure could suit the Brighton youngster.

Lamptey brings another dimension to Brighton moving forward and plenty of high energy on the field.

The Seagulls have paid their talented right-back £40m with United £10m less than their valuation.

It’s easy to see why Rangnick would be tempted to steer Lamptey away and help propel United forward – both on the pitch and in the right direction in the league.


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