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Shaw: Wan-Bissaka is the best 1-v-1 defender in the world

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Getty Images)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Getty Images)

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has praised Aaron Wan-Bissaka by saying the recent signing is the "best one-v-one defender" in world football.

Wan-Bissaka moved to United from Crystal Palace for £50million ahead of this season and has been impressive, playing 26 of his side’s 29 Premier League games this term and making 34 outings in total.

Indeed, his performance in United’s last game - a 2-0 win over Manchester City - caught the eye and Gary Neville has heaped praise on the 22-year-old’s defensive traits.

Shaw – who won the Red Devils’ Player of the Year award last season - has done the same, telling United’s official website about his admiration for the right-back.

"I can't look past Aaron Wan-Bissaka. For me, he's been the most consistent player this season," Shaw said when asked about candidates for the award.

"If you look back at all the games we played, I can remember only one mistake, for the penalty at Watford, and that has literally been it.

"He has been a solid eight out of ten in every other game he's played, never puts a foot wrong, puts his foot in the right position every time and, for me, he’s the best one-v-one defender in the world.

"No-one can get past him; he's really improved that side of his game and his attacking side too.

"You can see Azza is learning each day and wanting to learn more too. He's been a superb signing for us, so I have to have him in there.”

Wan-Bissaka's performances have been a shining light in an otherwise dismal season for United, who suffered their worst start to a league season in 31 years.

There were calls for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked but the January arrivals of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have helped the club go 11 matches unbeaten before the season was halted.

In other news, United have reportedly made contact about a deal to sign Velez Sarsfield star Thiago Almada.

- TEAMtalk media

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