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Aaron Wan-Bissaka would have passed ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s old ‘one-on-one’ test

By CJ Smith

Published: 10:36, 19 September 2019 | Updated: 17:34, 29 September 2019

Patrice Evra believes Sir Alex Ferguson would have embraced new Manchester United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka during his time at the club.

Wan-Bissaka made a name for himself at Crystal Palace last season by making more tackles (129) than any other defender in the Premier League.

Would Ferguson rate Wan-Bissaka? Five things to know…

  • Wan-Bissaka has made more tackles (28) than any other Premier League player this term.
  • The 21-year-old has garnered a reputation as one of the Premier League’s best one-one-one tacklers.
  • And Evra believes it is this quality that would have endeared him to Ferguson.
  • The Frenchman claimed Ferguson would not sign defenders who didn’t enjoy one-one-ones.
  • Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes Wan-Bissaka will make his England debut soon despite huge depth at right-back.

That trend has continued following his move £50m to Old Trafford, with Wan-Bissaka making more tackles (28) than any other player in the Premier League outright so far this season, while he has been dribbled past just five times.

And it’s this expertise in one-on-one situations that would have impressed Ferguson the most, according to Evra.

The Frenchman told Sky Sports: “[Wan-Bissaka] wants to go forward, he’s a strong defender.

“Ferguson always said that if you don’t enjoy one-vs-ones, you shouldn’t play for Manchester United.

“I can see Wan-Bissaka is ready for that and enjoys the challenge.”

Man Utd have endured a mixed start to the new Premier League campaign, winning just two of their opening five games. However, they have still managed to climb to fourth in the table, sitting behind third-placed Spurs only on goal difference.

The Red Devils face Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.

Evra: I want passion and love for the badge

Welsh winger Daniel James was another youngster brought in as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s overhaul of the Man Utd playing squad in the summer.

The former Swansea man has already scored three Premier League goals during an impressive start to life at Old Trafford but it is his “passion and love for the badge” which has particularly impressed Evra, who feels they are qualities that have been lacking too much from recent United squads.

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“What I love with James is his enthusiasm. Yeah, he’s scored some great goals, he’s playing well, he’s fast, but what I want to see right now is the passion and the love for the badge,” Evra said.

“His celebrations shows that. He’s got a role model in Ryan Giggs. Maybe it’s a dream for him to play for Manchester United. That’s what I want when they come to this club.”