Improving Manchester United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka says named Neymar has been the toughest opponent he has faced in his career.
Wan-Bissaka, 23, arrived from Crystal Palace for £45m plus £5m in add-ons in July 2019 with a reputation as and out-and-out defender. And he has proved to be exactly that making the Old Trafford right-back berth his own.
The speedy defender, who s rarely beaten one-on-one, was asked who is toughest opponent has been. And after facing Neymar twice during the Champions League group stages earlier this campaign, it was the Brazilian he named.
The London-born defender kept Neymar quiet in Paris but the 29-year-old scored twice at Old Trafford as PSG ran out 3-1 winners.
“I’d say Neymar,” Wan-Bissaka told UEFA.com.
“That was a player that was quite challenging, but I was always up for it, and I enjoyed it, the experience, to be playing against him. That meant a lot.
“I think for him, it’s a bit of both, depending on where he is on the pitch,” he added.
“He’s a player that likes to draw fouls, and so for me, if I’m up against him, it’s [the task] just not to give him any fouls because that’s what he wants.”
Wan-Bissaka, who managed to keep Raheem Sterling quiet recently, also revealed who he copes with some of the best attackers in the world.
“Defenders are most likely [to be] targeted on the pitch, to be taken on,” added Wan-Bissaka, who recently spoke about the pressures of playing for United.
“That comes down to concentration, awareness, and it’s something you have to be prepared for the whole 90 minutes.
“For me, I mainly look at what foot they are. That will be the main information that I’ll need, and it’s just about timing, showing them onto their weaker side and then taking it from there.
“Concentration [is key]. It’s not always about diving in; it’s to wait for their move rather than me making the first move.
“Since VAR became involved, you’ve got to be more careful.
“Depending on whereabouts you’re about to make the tackle, say, around the box, it’s quite crucial there, so that’s where the concentration comes in a lot.”
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