Aaron Wan-Bissaka names Raheem Sterling as his toughest ever opponent

‘He just keeps coming at you’: Aaron Wan-Bissaka names Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as his most challenging opponent as right-back reminisces over first season at Manchester United

  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka is now a regular member of the Manchester United defence 
  • The Englishman says Raheem Sterling has been his toughest opponent so far 
  • The defender played in both Manchester derby victories against Sterling’s City 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been his toughest opponent of his career so far. 

The right-back has been a bright spark in the Manchester United defence this season, having been under pressure to perform following his £50million move from Crystal Palace last summer. 

The Englishman is known for his robust nature in one-on-one situations against opposition wingers, and has named fellow countryman Sterling as his toughest challenge to date. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (left) believes Raheem Sterling (right) has been his toughest opponent

Wan-Bissaka told the Manchester United official website: ‘I’d say Raheem Sterling; those are the battles I’ve enjoyed the most. 

‘He keeps going, just keeps on coming at you. Doesn’t matter if he doesn’t get past you in one challenge, he keeps coming back for more every time. That’s what I like.’

Wan-Bissaka has come up against Sterling twice during the 2019/20 Premier League season, with Manchester United managing win both games and silencing Sterling in the process.

Wan-Bissaka played in both of the Manchester derby victories against Sterling’s City this term 

A 2-1 win for United at the Etihad Stadium in December was followed up by a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in March, which ended up being the Red Devils’ last domestic game before the coronavirus pandemic halted the club’s season. 

Goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay gave United a precious win over their rivals, despite Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side sitting 12 points behind City in the Premier League table. 

On the games against Manchester City, Wan-Bissaka added: ‘I’ve been happy with my performances in both league derbies and the results both times were just what we needed.   

Wan-Bissaka (right) says United deserved to win in both games, including a 2-0 win in March

The defender (right) says that Scott McTominay’s second goal against City was a great feeling

 ‘The second one was just before lockdown, and that was an incredible afternoon. We were prepared for that game and we showed that as a team on the pitch. 

‘When Scott scored the second goal, the whole stadium just went off and you could see what it meant to everyone.’


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