Man Utd lined up banned Kieran Trippier due to Aaron Wan-Bissaka concerns

Manchester United were interested in signing Atletico Madrid and England defender Kieran Trippier.

The former Tottenham right-back may have been suspended by the Football Association for alleged betting offences, but he is free to play on until his appeal with FIFA concludes.

The 30-year-old has impressed since leaving north London for La Liga back in 2019, having signed a three-year contract after a fee was agreed in the region of £20m.

Despite Diego Simeone’s men sitting two points clear at the top of the table with two games in hand, the player might have been tempted by a move back to the Premier League.

talkSPORT have reported that United were interested in signing Trippier in January before his potential ban for betting offences put a spanner in the works.

The club are said to be concerned over the progress of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has had mixed reviews since his £45m move from Crystal Palace in June of 2019, because they want him to register more assists.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of his player after the recent win over Aston Villa: “I think Aaron's improved, especially on the ball. He's giving us more and more on the ball.

“[He made] a few one-twos today, creating chances and it was great build-up play with a run and cross for Anthony's goal.”

With Wan-Bissaka saying of his own game: And he said: “I had the license to get forward and have an end product up there.

“That's what the coaches want and that's what they're helping me to do.”

Simeone said of Trippier: "We think it's unfair and we hope it can be revised because of the damage done to Atletico.

"Atletico obviously have absolutely nothing to do with this situation so we hope it can be re-assessed in some way, because while the FA benefits from this, Atletico is harmed by it and has nothing to do with it.”

Trippier said of his charge back in May: “I want to make it clear that while a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed any football related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting.”

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