'Best in the world bar none'

Monday 24 April 2023 07:59

Fellow Premier League star James Maddison recognised Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s assured defensive display against Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley on Sunday.

Rising Brighton star Kaoru Mitoma has been a revelation during his first season in English football, racking up 10 goals and seven assists for the Seagulls, including a stunning winner against Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round.

But he was well-shackled by Wan-Bissaka during the semi-final and Maddison, who knows all about the struggles creative players can face when up against our no.29, singled out Aaron for his ability in one against ones.

In a Tweet posted during extra time at the national stadium, the Leicester playmaker struggles to think of another defender in world that is more accomplished in this area.

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“AWB is ridiculously good at 1 v 1 defending,” Maddison wrote.

“Probably the best in the world bar none. So many wingers run out of ideas when playing directly against him.”

The stats from United’s ultimately successful semi-final outing are there to back this up, with our no.29 winning out in all six ground duels he faced against Brighton – the only player from either team not to lose one.

Not content with just contributing defensively, the right-back also chipped in going forward for the Reds, racking up four successful dribbles and completing 82 per cent of his attempted passes.

ESPN and Squawka also highlighted that Wan-Bissaka is unmatched when it comes to tacklers in the continent's top leagues over the last few seasons.

Wan-Bissaka was not involved in our eventual penalty-shootout victory, having been substituted for Tyrell Malacia after 101 minutes.

But the former Crystal Palace man can be satisfied with a job well done, as he and United look forward to a third Wembley visit of the year already this coming June.

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