United Briefing: How Aaron’s stats have soared

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is known across the Premier League, and Europe, as one of the most-dependable defensive full-backs.

The Manchester United full-back has registered more blocks in the Premier League than anyone else this season, with 97 to his name – that’s an astonishing 34 more than the player in second place, Leeds United defender Luke Ayling!

As for the most tackles chart, only one player has currently made more than Aaron's 77 - Tottenham Hotspur’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, with 79, and it's fair to say the Dane would be expected to register higher stats from the hustle and bustle of central midfield.

But our no.29 is always keen to develop and improve and has also seen an increase in his attacking stats from last season.

What’s the reason behind this? Well, we asked Aaron that very question as part of the big interview in our official matchday programme, United Review, for Sunday’s Premier League tilt with Brighton & Hove Albion.
“It’s gone well [this season],”
he said.
“It’s got me the goals and assists I’ve been chasing, now I’ve got to keep working hard and keep pushing. 

“I’ve done quite a lot of extra work towards it, the staff and coaches have helped me with that and really encouraged me. Before a game, they’ll really be encouraging me to get into the box and telling me where I’ll be able to get goals.”


This season has seen Aaron score twice, in wins over Newcastle United and Southampton, having previously never netted in his senior career. Meanwhile, his stats for average shots and shot-creating actions per game have also improved this term.
The right-back registered four assists in all competitions last season and, with three already under his belt in 2020/21, he is on course to beat those numbers this campaign.

Therefore, it’s no surprised that the right-back is pleased with how he’s performed so far this season, although Aaron was keen to point out that he wants to keep improving in every game. 

“I think I’ve been pretty consistent,”
said Wan-Bissaka.
“My aim is always to do better than I did in the previous season and I’ve added goals and assists to my game this time around, which has been really good for me. The next step is to just keep that going.”


Aaron also admitted he hopes to catch Hojbjerg at the top of the most-tackles list, something he achieved last season.
“That’s always the aim,”
he said.
“That pushes me every season, that desire to not let it drop.”
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?

Firstly, happy Good Friday to all Reds out there – if you're taking a break from work, school or college, we hope you’re enjoying it! 

One man who won’t have the day off is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will hold his first press conference for two weeks, ahead of the clash with Brighton on Sunday.

Make sure to check out ManUtd.com, MUTV and our Official App from 13:30 BST to see what the boss has to say about the fitness of Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, all of whom had to miss games during the international break. The boss will also lead a training session with his first-team squad in preparation for our meeting with the Seagulls.

We’ll also be building up to our FA Youth Cup encounter against Liverpool, with the game taking place on Saturday. It’s a meeting between two of the most successful clubs in the famous competition, and it’s certainly one that both sides will hope to emerge victorious from.

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WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?

There was a round-up of the goals and assists involving United players over the recent international break, as well as a run through of how all the Reds fared in those games.

We also began building up to our encounter with Brighton by looking back at the very eventful Premier League game between the sides earlier this term. With our match preview and early team news, there’s plenty to keep you up to date ahead of Sunday’s action.

Elsewhere, our Foundation announced another incredible donation of food to schools across Greater Manchester, while supporters can enter a draw to win a signed piece of Lauren James artwork, to commemorate her scoring the first United Women’s goal at Old Trafford last weekend.

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