Manchester United’s title hopes were hit by another blow after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were held to a 0-0 draw by an under-strength Arsenal at the Emirates.
The Red Devils knew they had to pull out all the stops after Manchester City beat Sheffield United 1-0 at the Etihad but they looked short of ideas in the final third on a frustrating night.
United were left to rue their missed chances in the goalless draw, but amidst all the doom and gloom, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka produced the kind of display that offered a silver lining.
Whilst some modern-day full-backs like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James will look to bring the ball forward, Wan-Bissaka is prepared to put in the graft to deny the opposition, using his physical strength to deny opponents any real goalscoring opportunities.
The £36m-rated ace made more tackles (4) than any other player on the pitch, including left-back Luke Shaw, four clearances, three interceptions and blocked one shot to ensure United kept their first clean sheet since the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, as per SofaScore.
It wasn’t just his defensive contributions that caught the eye, however, as he showed a willingness to bring the ball out from the back, completing one cross from two attempts successfully and creating one big chance, per SofaScore, only to see Edinson Cavani squander the best opportunity for the visitors.
Writing in The Manchester Evening News, Samuel Luckhurst was similarly impressed with his performance, noting in his post-match player ratings that he ‘made a goal-saving block from Willian and crossed brilliantly for Cavani.’
With United in the thick of the title race, Solskjaer will be hoping that the former Crystal Palace star can keep his performance levels up for the Red Devils as they enter the crunch stage of the competition.
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