Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has hailed new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the best right-back in the Premier League.
Wan-Bissaka was excellent on his competitive debut yesterday; he thwarted Chelsea down the right hand side as the Reds hammered Frank Lampard’s side 4-0 at Old Trafford.
The right-back situation desperately needed addressing this summer by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Ashley Young is deteriorating and Antonio Valencia left the club.
And Parker believes Wan-Bissaka is better than Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“People talk about the lad at Liverpool [Alexander-Arnold] but he can’t defend like Wan Bissaka, whose defending and positioning is very good. He wants to defend, he loves it.
“And every time he won a tackle (yesterday) there was no doubt he won it cleanly. You would think he had been there years.
“I’m judging him as a defender. He is the best right back in the Premier League.
“There’s always a question about him going forward, he can learn that, he will get better and better. He’s playing for a team who will allow him to do that.”
Wan-Bissaka looked immense defensively in yesterday’s game and has the potential to become one of the best full-backs in world football.
The England u21 international possesses a freakishly good one-on-one tackling ability and has great recovery speed to get back and defend.
There’s still room for improvement however as Parker notes, as Wan-Bissaka still has a long way to go to compete with Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold in an attacking sense.
But it’s a promising start for United’s new signing, and we can only see him getting better as the season progresses.