Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The story of Wan-Bissaka's United tackling stats

Wednesday 04 September 2019 22:30

Aaron Wan-Bissaka loves a tackle. He admits as much and the stats certainly back that statement up in a big way.

The summer arrival from Crystal Palace has been registering some extraordinary figures since the start of the Premier League season.

On his competitive Reds debut against Chelsea, he made a game-high six tackles, before following it up with nine at Wolves, five clear of his nearest challenger in this field. Only only making one tackle in the defeat to his former club Crystal Palace, as United enjoyed the vast majority of the possession, he reached double figures (10) in our last outing at Southampton.

All 10 Wan-Bissaka tackles v Saints Video

All 10 Wan-Bissaka tackles v Saints

Last Saturday, Wan-Bissaka became the first Premier League player this season to make 10 tackles in a game...

Opta have been compiling the data since 2006/07 and, based on players who have had more than 180 Premier League minutes, the defender currently has the highest number of tackles per game for any Red over the past 13 seasons.

Of course, it is worth pointing out that Aaron has only appeared four times for the club so far and it will be hard to maintain this output, but it remains an impressive figure.

After being forced to withdraw from the England squad after his first senior call-up, the 21-year-old will be looking to build on his positive domestic start to 2019/20.

The Croydon-born full-back currently averages 6.5 tackles per game, which is way clear of the next best United man - Ritchie De Laet, who is on 5.2. The Belgian is currently with Royal Antwerp in his homeland.

Owen Hargreaves had plenty of bite, whether playing in midfield or at right-back, and he lies in third spot, ahead of current United man Tim Fosu-Mensah.

Amusingly, twins Rafael and Fabio are both on the same figure (4.0), with ex-Reds Guillermo Varela, Mikael Silvestre, Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian also on the list. 

In terms of overall tackling stats across the Premier League in this period, only two men have higher figures than our new no.29.

Michel may have had minimal impact during his time at Birmingham City in the 2010/11 season, but he tops the chart with an average of 7.7 tackles per 90 minutes. The Spaniard is now with Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag.

Henri Saviet, a French midfielder bought by Newcastle from Bordeaux in 2016, is in second spot, with a couple of former Liverpool men, Damien Plessis and Javier Mascherano, achieving high numbers which is particularly notable in Mascherano's case considering the number of matches he played.

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