Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has named Raheem Sterling as the toughest opponent he has faced.
Wan-Bissaka is widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s best one-on-one defenders, but that doesn’t mean he is invincible – and he has now admitted who has caused him the most problems.
Answering a fan question on Man Utd’s official website about his toughest opponent, Wan-Bissaka revealed: “I’d say Raheem Sterling; those are the battles I’ve enjoyed the most.
“He keeps going, just keeps on coming at you. Doesn’t matter if he doesn’t get past you in one challenge, he keeps coming back for more every time. That’s what I like.”
However, United managed to get the better of Sterling’s Manchester City in the most recent meeting between the two sides – and Wan-Bissaka thinks he coped well with the threat caused by the England winger on both occasions.
“I’ve been happy with my performances in both league derbies and the results both times were just what we needed. The second one was just before lockdown, and that was an incredible afternoon.
“We were prepared for that game and we showed that as a team on the pitch. When Scott scored the second goal, the whole stadium just went off and you could see what it meant to everyone.”
Wan-Bissaka also claimed that his tackling abilities were natural, although he is keen to improve them further.
“I want to say I worked on it, but at first I think it was just natural,” he said. “Even when I was an attacker coming up at Palace, my tackling was noticed then too.
“I don’t think I really knew how good I was at it until I started taking it seriously. These days I work on it a lot more!”
Another United star has also been answering fan questions via their website, with Juan Mata making an intriguing revelation about his plans to return to Spain in the future.