Manchester United cut the gap to neighbours City at the top of the Premier League with a memorable 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw understandably stole the headlines, netting early in each half to secure success for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils.
One man who perhaps flew under the radar during the game but who was equally as pivotal in United securing three points and reclaiming second in the table was Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
First and foremost, it was never going to be an easy afternoon for the £36m-rated right-back as he was faced up against 13-goal Raheem Sterling. To completely embrace a pun, the former Crystal Palace man did a sterling job, limiting the England international to just two shots throughout the entire game.
According to WhoScored, Wan-Bissaka racked up 11 defensive contributions during the 90 minutes – the most of any player who took to the pitch.
Included within this, he contributed three tackles, three clearances and a fantastic five interceptions, statistics that are even more impressive considering that he only committed a solitary foul.
The right-back sits top of the Premier League tackles chart with 75 – four clear of closest rival Luke Ayling, and he proved exactly why that’s the case on Sunday.
This ensured that Sterling could not get into his stride at all, hugely limiting City’s attacking impetus.
Surprisingly, Wan-Bissaka was also one of the most involved on the ball for the Red Devils on Sunday.
He had 56 touches throughout the game, that count was only bettered by midfielders Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes, whilst he was never dispossessed or caught on the ball a single time.
Whilst Shaw was praised for his attacking intent and adventurousness against Man City, and rightly-so, Wan-Bissaka’s defensive discipline and excellence ensured that the Red Devils remained firm at the back to claim a morale-boosting victory.