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Wes Brown: Wan Bissaka ‘one of best I’ve ever seen’ in key defensive area

Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown has heaped praise on Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The right-back has settled in superbly since his move from Crystal Palace this summer, and is ever-present in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team.

Wan-Bissaka again impressed in Manchester United’s hard fought victory over Wolves in the FA Cup third round replay at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata’s delightful chip sent United through to the fourth round where they will face either Tranmere or Watford.

United’s right-back made several crucial tackles to prevent Wolves dangerous attacks as they looked to break through Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez.

Wes Brown, who played with United boss Solskjaer during his 15 year stay at the club, thinks Wan-Bissaka is one of the best one-on-one defenders he has ever seen.

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“What else can you say about Aaron Wan-Bissaka? I’ve not really seen many like him and that’s the honest truth,” Brown said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“Defensively, in one-on-ones, he’s definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen. He’s settled in so well and I don’t think there are many players who have got past him this season.

“Yes, there are times when he has made mistakes, like when he dived in to concede the penalty against Watford, but he has learned from them. Since that game, he has just gone back to his normal level. The errors will happen every now and again – they happen to all players – but he’s just got straight back into it and that’s a good sign.

“It’s at the point now where, whenever he comes up against someone in a one-on-one scenario, you’re more than confident that he will end up winning the ball or clearing it. That shows his confidence as well as his ability. That, really, is all you can ask for in a right-back defender.”

While Wan-Bissaka excels defensively, we still feel he has plenty of improvement to come in an attacking sense. The 22-year-old has the pace to get in behind on the overlap but his final delivery can sometimes let him down.

However, United now have a full-back that could potentially be a mainstay in the team for the next decade.

Wan-Bissaka’s defensive abilities will be examined by Sadio Mane as the Reds face a daunting trip to Anfield to play the league leaders on Sunday.

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