Aaron Wan-Bissaka reveals he was surprised by James Maddison praise

‘I didn’t know if it was real or not’: Aaron Wan-Bissaka reveals surprise at James Maddison labelling him as ‘the best in the world’ at defending one-vs-one, but is ‘grateful’ to see his improvement recognised

  • James Maddison hailed Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s defensive display against Brighton
  • Wan-Bissaka admitted he was unsure whether Maddison’s tweet was real or not
  • The Man United right back has forced his way back into the Red Devils’ team 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has revealed he was unsure whether James Maddison’s praise was real, after the Leicester playmaker lauded the Manchester United full-back’s one-vs-one defending.

Maddison took to Twitter to hail Wan-Bissaka’s performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Brighton last weekend.

The right back produced a solid display against Brighton’s impressive winger Kaoru Mitoma, which helped Man United preserve their clean sheet at Wembley.

United eventually triumphed 7-6 on penalties to set up the first all-Manchester FA Cup final in June.

‘[Aaron Wan Bissaka] is ridiculously good at one-v-one defending,’ Maddison wrote.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was hailed by James Maddison for his impressive display against Brighton

Wan-Bissaka admitted he was initially unsure whether Maddison’s tweet was real or not

‘Probably the best in the world bar none. So many wingers run out of ideas when playing directly against him.’ 

Wan-Bissaka was asked about Maddison’s praise ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Sunday, with the defender admitting he was initially unsure whether the tweet was real.

‘I saw it and I didn’t know if it was real or not,’ Wan-Bissaka told Sky Sports.

‘Those are some nice words from him and I am grateful to see things like that.’

Wan-Bissaka only played four minutes in the first four months of the campaign due to a combination of illness and injury, but has forced his way back into the Man United team.

The 25-year-old has since started 11 matches for Man United in the Premier League as he battles with Diogo Dalot for the right back berth.

Wan-Bissaka admitted the recognition for his improvement was a ‘nice feeling’ after his tough start to the season. 

‘For me it is good to see that people notice the improvement this season and the work that has been put in, it is always a nice feeling,’ Wan-Bissaka said.

Wan-Bissaka has enjoyed an strong second half of the season for Manchester United

‘I just wanted to play and express myself on the pitch, and I have been given that chance it is a good feeling.

‘I kept my head down and in bad situations you have to keep going. I kept telling myself “this isn’t going to last, keeping doing what you are doing”.’

Wan-Bissaka faces a potentially decisive summer with his United contract expiring at the end of next season.

Mail Sport has learned a potential extension is not being discounted, while Crystal Palace retain an interest in bringing him back to the club after selling him to United for £50million back in 2019.

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