Wes Brown has tipped Aaron Wan-Bissaka to become one of the ‘great’ right-backs after an impressive start to hisManchester Unitedcareer.
The youngster has played every minute for United this term and has impressed in a new-look back four which also boasts £80million arrival Harry Maguire.
Daniel James – who joined from Swansea – has stole the headlines with three goals in his opening four games, but Brown believes Wan-Bissaka has been the ‘most consistent’ of United’s summer signings.
‘He’s been fantastic, probably the one signing for United who has been most consistent,’ the former United defender toldPaddy Power.
‘He’s started every game, he’s got great athleticism and he’s good in the tackle.
‘He’s come from Crystal Palace and people wondered if he’d be good enough for Manchester United and already from the first game it looks like he’s stepping up. He’s enjoying it and it’s where he wants to be.
‘If he can carry on like that he’s going to be one of the greats in that position.
‘He’s only young, he’s level-headed and everything he’s done, tackling, tracking back has been brilliant.
‘I’ve even seen some of the better players not dare to have a go at him, they’re turning back and passing it.
‘That’s the sort of player he is, no one wants to take him on because he’s going to go with everything.
‘People say he slides in too much, but I think he times his tackles perfectly.
‘When you have a player like that and people realise they can’t take him on, it’s an advantage to the team because they start playing back.’
Denis Irwin has also been pleasantly ‘surprised’ by Wan-Bissaka’s promising start for United.
‘I saw him play for Palace quite a bit last year, and he only played for the Palace first team for 15 months,’ the ex-United full-back told the club’s official website.
‘He spent [his younger] years as a right winger, so what surprises me is how good he is defensively. Not just the tackling, because we saw that last year and in the first four games of this season, but the positions he takes up are very good.
‘You always worry about a winger when they transform into a full-back, it can take them a while to get used to that.
He seems really good at that. Obviously he’s a young lad and has a lot to learn yet, but he’s been a real plus.
‘Last year we conceded 54 goals in 38 games. That’s not really Manchester United, we’ve always been good defensively. We need to strengthen, which we have done, and we need to keep more clean sheets.’