Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka “is the best one-on-one defender as a full-back in the world”.
Goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay secured a huge victory for Manchester United over bitter rivals City on Sunday, with the result keeping the pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League football.
Wan-Bissaka earned special praise for keeping the likes of Raheem Sterling at bay, and Carragher was very impressed.
“It’s almost become a massive rivalry this,” Carragher told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.
“Yes it’s the two Manchester clubs but it’s Raheem Sterling against Aaron Wan-Bissaka. I actually think that you can talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having a good record against Pep Guardiola but what can Pep do next time?
“I think something Pep has to do next time is not put Raheem Sterling up against Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“Normally – I’ve played full-back and didn’t have the pace of Wan-Bissaka – you would try to get out to Sterling because he’s too quick for me, too good on the ball but Wan-Bissaka is almost like ‘yeah, run at me – bring it on.’
“Sterling is one of the best three or four wide players in the world but Wan-Bissaka’s saying: ‘Come on, you’re not going to get past me.’
“In that position I think any other full-back in Europe Raheem is away because of his pace but even when you actually get past Wan-Bissaka look at his legs coming from nowhere.
“I actually think Wan-Bissaka is the best one-on-one defender as a full-back in the world. I don’t think anyone would get the better of him.”
Meanwhile, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly willing to spend £100million to sign Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish this summer.
The Red Devils have already opened talks with Bellingham, who has traveled to United’s Carrington training base on Monday to meet senior club officials, including Woodward and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He reportedly spent several hours at the complex with his parents before leaving, as reported in the Daily Express.
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