Thierry Henry in an interview once said, he found it very tough going past Paolo Maldini. This happened when the French striker was at his prime while the Italian defender was near the end of his career. Something similar is now taking place at the Old Trafford. This time the standing guard is 22-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The young Englishman has left his Manchester United team-mates exasperated on the training ground because none of them can get past him. Such is the claim of former Red Devils midfielder Darren Fletcher. According to a report by The Mirror, Fletcher said this is what many players of the first team have told him in conversation.
Fletcher told Norway’s TV2 “I was talking to some Manchester United players, and they were saying that no player has managed to pass Wan-Bissaka in training this season.
Manchester United signed Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a massive £55million during summer transfer. With this, Bissaka became the most expensive technical full-back of all time.
To the Red Devils relief, the young defender has not let the huge price tag get the better off him. He has become a regular first-team name for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
Fletcher believes as Wan-Bissaka improves technically, he will keep reaching new heights. “He is a fantastic defensive player and contributor for Manchester United,” said the former Red Devil.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s current form:
Currently, the youngster has the third-highest tackles in the Premier League. He has 62 successful tackles and sits behind the Leicester City duo Ricardo Pereira (70 tackles) and Wilfred Ndidi (69 tackles).
Bissaka was named the man of the match in United’s 2-1 win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Solskjaer said: “Aaron is playing against…it’s [Raheem] Sterling out there, it’s [Riyad] Mahrez out there, it’s [Kevin] De Bruyne out there. And they just don’t go past him. Absolutely top class, top-notch. We know why we have signed these three players. They fit perfectly into the way I want to play football and the coaches how we want to play football and how the club wants to play. They’re humble lads, hard-working, great values,” according to The Mirror report.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have managed to beat the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea this season despite bad form. Currently, they sit at the sixth spot with 24 points in 16 games. They have won and lost six and drawn four games so far.