Brighton winger Leandro Trossard has paid a significant compliment to Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of the teams’ Premier League clash at the Amex Stadium tomorrow night.
The Belgian was speaking to Brighton & Hove Independent in the run-up to the game and said: “Aaron Wan-Bissaka has probably been my toughest opponent so far, he has a bit of everything. He is quick, strong and is good on the ball.
“You think you’ve got away from him and then he can be back on you, but it’s another chance to test myself against him.”
Looking back to the previous meeting of the two teams last November, it is understandable why Trossard has spoken so highly of Wan-Bissaka.
The Manchester United right-back was superb that day at Old Trafford, winning seven tackles and making two interceptions while also getting forward to make two successful dribbles and put in two crosses. Trossard, who was up against him on Brighton’s left wing, did not manage a shot all afternoon and made only 21 passes before being substituted by Graham Potter on 59 minutes. [via WhoScored]
It was notable that the Belgian cited Wan-Bissaka as his toughest opponent thus far and not Trent Alexander-Arnold, despite the Liverpool youngster being hailed as one of the world’s best right-backs by FourFourTwo. Admittedly, the Brighton winger only played against the Reds defender for 21 minutes when the teams met at Anfield earlier in the season.
Trossard has only scored once for Brighton in 18 Premier League appearances since he came up against Wan-Bissaka and Manchester United seven months ago (as per TransferMarkt), so he hasn’t been in frightening form ahead of the Red Devils’ visit to Falmer.
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The English youngster has made a strong restart to the season, too, winning four tackles against Tottenham and setting up one of Anthony Martial’s three goals against Sheffield United last week. The signs are that Brighton’s Belgian winger will need to be at his best if he lines up on the left flank at the Amex Stadium tomorrow night against an opponent for whom he clearly has huge respect.
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