Aaron Wan-Bissaka has shackled Son and Sterling within days

Aaron Wan-Bissaka deserved all the credit coming his way after a superb Manchester derby performance.

The first part of Saturday’s match was all about the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side destroyed Manchester City on the break, and the Reds deserved more than two goals to show for it.

But as the match wore on, United had to defend and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was as impressive as anyone.

It was not his first impressive performance of the week and Wan-Bissaka deserves immense credit.

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Sterling was Wan-Bissaka’s latest victim

Raheem Sterling has shown himself to be one of the country’s most potent attackers at times this season, but the £49 million (BBC) man was shackled so effectively by Wan-Bissaka.

As per WhoScored, the defender made five tackles and seven clearances as United closed the game out.

Just days before, Wan-Bissaka kept Son Heung-min quiet as United overcame Tottenham 2-1, meaning he pocketed two of the divisions best wingers in a short space of time.

Sadio Mane was also unable to influence proceedings when Liverpool came to Anfield – the only league match they have failed to win this season – and that was largely down to Wan-Bissaka’s work from right wing back.

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How does he do it?

Wan-Bissaka relishes the individual battle against wingers. He is also rare among young defenders in that he has a strong defensive platform to build on.

He can add improved attacking output on top of that, but his immense recovery pace and precise tackling make him more than a match for any top forward.

Those big-game battles seem to focus his mind and his stamina is so impressive against pacy widemen who test their opponents’ legs for 90 minutes.

Wan-Bissaka is still a work in progress but he deserves immense credit for shackling three of the best widemen in the division, which has gone a long way to helping United scoop seven points from those matches against elite opponents.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.