Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Praises Aaron Wan-Bissaka After Manchester Derby Win

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City collides with Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United  during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka after his excellent performance in the win over Manchester City.

The Red Devils eventually prevailed 2-1 in an absorbing derby encounter. Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial put United ahead at the Etihad Stadium, with Nicolas Otamendi's header coming too late for the hosts to mount a comeback.

United were able to cling on to the win due to some stellar defending, with Wan-Bissaka especially impressive at right-back. Following the game, Solskjaer was delighted with the full-back and also praised the club's other two summer signings, Harry Maguire and Daniel James, per MUTV (h/t Metro):

"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."

The United Twitter account noted that Wan-Bissaka had been named man of the match and had a subtle dig at City supporters Oasis in the process:

Manchester United @ManUtd

"And after all, you're my Wan-derwall..." 🎶 You've voted for @AWBissaka as your #MUFC Man of the Match! 👏🕸️ https://t.co/sSWraDD1aU

Aaron Wan-Bissaka @awbissaka


Statman Dave provided the numbers behind the defender's performance and commented on how well he did to keep Raheem Sterling quiet:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s game by numbers vs. Man City: 100% successful take-ons 7 clearances 5 tackles won 4 blocked crosses 3 blocks 2 interceptions 1 foul Sterling didn’t have a single shot on target. 🕷🕷🕷 https://t.co/FiyMWkw7xv

Rashford, who netted the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot, also had high praise for his team-mate's defensive work.

"The one-v-one battles, especially with the full-backs, were unbelievable and Aaron especially was top notch," said the forward. "Everyone put the work in and worked as hard as they could. In the end that is why we won the game."

Wan-Bissaka arrived at United from Crystal Palace in the summer for a fee in the region of £50 million. It was displays like this against City that showed why the club were willing to spend so much on the 22-year-old.

Defensively, there aren't many better full-backs in world football. The United star is quick across the ground, reads danger expertly and is strong in the tackle; football writer Liam Canning praised the player's consistency since coming to the club:

Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning

Haven’t seen Wan-Bissaka have a poor game yet. So reliable and solid so far again. Brilliant signing.

While there may be work for Wan-Bissaka to do regarding the attacking side of his game, when it comes to matches where United have to defend for long spells he is a valuable asset. 

The Red Devils have made a huge step forward this week, lodging back-to-back wins against Tottenham Hotspur and City. Their next Premier League encounter is against Everton on Sunday.