United's Wan-Bissaka top of the tackling table

Friday 23 August 2019 02:00

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is already a big hit among Manchester United supporters, following a couple of all-action performances in the Reds’ two Premier League matches so far this season.

The right-back joined the club from Crystal Palace in the summer and made an impressive debut in the 4-0 win over Chelsea earlier this month. He was nominated for our Man of the Match award that day and finished second in the poll, just three per cent shy of the winner, two-goal Marcus Rashford.

Wan-Bissaka enjoyed another excellent match in his second appearance for the club, during the 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night. He won the Man of the Match prize on that occasion, after earning 48 per cent of votes that were cast by users of our Official App.

The 21-year-old’s outstanding tackling ability is evidently one of the reasons behind his early popularity among United fans, who have loudly cheered his perfectly timed challenges so far.

Wan-Bissaka has executed 15 successful tackles throughout his two Reds appearances to date and that is currently more than any other Premier League player in 2019/20.
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Leicester City's Ricardo Pereira and Burnley's Erik Pieters are next on the Premier League’s tackling list with 13 each, followed by the Foxes' Wilfred Ndidi on 11 and Bournemouth's Philip Billing on eight.

Wan-Bissaka has made 173 tackles in 44 Premier League appearances for both Crystal Palace and United during his fledgling senior career.

That gives him a remarkable success-rate of 69 per cent.

During an interview to preview Saturday’s match against his former club, which will appear within the pages of United Review, Aaron happily admits that tackling is a massive part of his game. 

“I love tackles, man,” he says in Saturday's edition of United Review. “I want to come out with the most tackles from each game; that’s my aim. I’m not really happy when I come out of a game without many tackles. 

“At the same time, when I look back at it, it doesn’t mean anything negative, necessarily – it might mean the winger’s not confident to keep on coming at me, for me to have the chance to tackle him.”

The Official United App is the best place to follow Saturday's match against Crystal Palace, which will not be broadcast live in the UK.