Jamie Carragher praises Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka as ‘best one-on-one full-back in the world’

The United man has been praised for his defence-first approach

Karl Matchett
Tuesday 10 March 2020 16:19
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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised Manchester United‘s Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a world-beater in his role after an impressive derby day showing.

The right-back was a big-money signing in the summer from Crystal Palace and has played an important role for the Red Devils this season, playing on the right side of both a defensive four and five at different times.

Against Manchester City he came up against one of the league’s best wide forwards, in Raheem Sterling, but came out on top with a determined and aggressive display.

Wan-Bissaka made eight tackles throughout the 90 minutes, helping United keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 Premier League win and significantly limiting Sterling’s impact.

Speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Carragher said the battle between the two players is becoming a feature in its own right, and that the United man had proved his worth consistently.

“It’s almost become a massive rivalry this,” Carragher said. “Yes it’s the two Manchester clubs, but it’s [also] Raheem Sterling against Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

“I think something Pep [Guardiola] has to do next time [in the derby] is not put Raheem Sterling up against Wan-Bissaka.

“Sterling is one of the best three or four wide players in the world but Wan-Bissaka’s saying: ‘Come on, you’re not going to get past me’.

“I actually think Wan-Bissaka is the best one-on-one defender for a full-back in the world. I don’t think anyone would get the better of him.”

Only Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira averages more tackles per game than the United man for right-backs across all of Europe’s top five leagues.

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