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Aaron Wan-Bissaka names his toughest training ground opponent at Man Utd

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:45, 15 April 2020

Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has named Marcus Rashford as his toughest training ground opponent.

Wan-Bissaka joined United from Crystal Palace in the summer in a deal worth £50million and has impressed at right-back. The 22-year-old has made a name for himself as being tough to beat on United’s flank, being dribbled past on just 19 occasions in the Premier League this season.

He has also made 99 tackles so far, with only Leicester City full-back Ricardo Pereira (118) and 17-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga (105) of Rennes managing more across Europe’s top five leagues.

Who is Wan-Bissaka’s toughest Man Utd opponent? Five things to know…

  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Manchester United from Crystal Palace last summer.
  • The Englishman has proven himself to be tough to beat at right-back.
  • Only two players have won more tackles than Wan-Bissaka’s 99 across Europe’s top five leagues.
  • But Wan-Bissaka has revealed Marcus Rashford gives him a run for his money in training.
  • Wan-Bissaka praised Rashford for his unpredictability, but relishes the chance to test himself against the striker regularly.

Given that he is one of the better defensive full-backs in the Premier League, it must be somewhat frustrating for United’s own players to have to go up against Wan-Bissaka in training.

But the 22-year-old has revealed there is one player who gives him so many problems on the training pitch: Rashford. However, Wan-Bissaka also admitted he relishes going up against his compatriot, as it helps him to improve his own game even further.

“I’d say Marcus, yeah. He’s just so unpredictable,” he told Manchester United’s official website when asked who had proven to be his toughest adversary on the training pitch.

“When I first joined United and came up against him in training, he was doing things that I just really didn’t expect.

“I thought he’d go a certain way and he’d go the other way, or I thought he was about to do one thing and he did another, so he’s really tricky to play against.

“I enjoy that though; it’s been really good for my own development to test myself against him and the other attackers we have at the club.”

Prior to the start of the 2019/20 campaign, there were some concerns about Rashford and Anthony Martial’s ability to lead the line for United following the sale of Romelu Lukaku.

But the Englishman scored twice on the opening day of the season as United beat Chelsea 4-0 and has since added a further 12, with only five players managing more in the Premier League despite Rashford being out injured since January.

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Wan-Bissaka picks between Rashford and James

Another topic of conversation with Wan-Bissaka was the quickest player within United’s ranks. Daniel James’ arrival in the summer was heralded as bringing a young player known for his pace both on and off the ball, and the Welshman has already shown Old Trafford what he can do.

But, according to Wan-Bissaka he does have a rival at United, with Rashford also proving to be a match for speed off the mark.

“I’d say over short distances it’s Marcus, but over longer distances it’s Daniel,” he replied when asked the all-important question.

“They’re both rapid!”

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