Aaron Wan-Bissaka loves tackling but why so many?
Aaron Wan-Bissaka loves tackling and the early season statistics will have only endeared himself to the Manchester United faithful further.
For the second time already this season, the right-back who was signed from Crystal Palace this summer, completed nine or more tackles in a single match after United dropped two points away to Southampton.
According to Squawka, Wan-Bissaka became the first player in the Premier League this season to make ten or more tackles in a single game when he made 10 tackles against the Saints. A feat that he never produced during his time at Selhurst Park. He managed nine against Wolves.
Going into the first international break of the season, Wan-Bissaka has made a league best 26 tackles from the opening four games. Six more than his closest challenger Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira.
The 21-year-old’s consistent performances have already made him a vital part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youthful United side.
Scott McTominay was already in awe of the right-back’s ability to time his tackles as early as pre-season.
Speaking to the clubs website in July, McTominay said: “We were watching on the side and it’s absolutely ridiculous the way it looks like he’s diving in, but he’s so controlled in the way that he does it.”
Wan-Bissaka has been given the nickname the ‘Spider’ due to his ability to frustrate the former United winger and Crystal Palace team mate Wilfred Zaha in training.
What makes him so good at tackling?
It is no secret that if you enjoy your job, you will perform at a higher level, in an interview prior to his first clash against his former club, Wan-Bissaka admited that he relishes tackles.
Speaking in the United Review, Wan-Bissaka said: “I love tackles, man. I want to come out with the most tackles from each game; that’s my aim. I’m not really happy when I come out of a game without many tackles.”
The England U21 international possesses great pace and agility which enbales him to jockey the opposition and time his tackle to perfection.
Why is he having to do so many tackles?
After his big money switch, there would have been an expectancy that Wan-Bissaka would see a reduction in the volume of tackles made due to United controlling possession more frequently then Palace.
Solskjaer’s focus in pre-season was to get his side significantly fitter ahead of the new season and the Norwegian wants his full-backs to get higher up the pitch and be a constant attacking outlet.
However, with Wan-Bissaka’s starting position in possession being high up the pitch and his right-sided centre back Victor Lindelöf being worryingly sloppy in possession, Wan-Bissaka is having to showcase his recovery run skills too often.
United have been caught in possession in crucial areas on too many occassions already this season and it is meaning the likes of Wan-Bissaka are having to bail the team out with last-ditch tackles.
United fans will hope that the back injury which resulted in him withdrawing from the England squad won’t rule him out of action against Leicester City.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka loves tackling but if United continue to be wasteful on the ball, then the Croydon-born youngster could comfortably beat the 129 tackles he amassed last season.