EPL: Ten Hag likes his aggression – John Barnes identifies Man Utd’s best defender
Former Liverpool star, John Barnes has surprisingly picked Aaron Wan-Bissaka as Manchester United’s best defender this season.
Man United have several top defenders in their ranks like Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia.
However, Barnes believes Wan-Bissaka is the best defender Man United manager Erik ten Hag has at his disposal.
According to him, Ten Hag likes Wan-Bissaka’s aggressiveness and defensive qualities.
“Well, Aaron Wan-Bisakka is their best defender,” Barnes told Bonus Code Bets.
“Maybe he is not amazing on the ball like the other players but he is there to defend first and foremost. Erik ten Hag likes his aggression and his defensive qualities.
“Not many players are going easily past him. Not every team can play like Man City with predominantly good footballers. A lot of teams need a player like him. He is comfortable enough with the ball but his defensive capabilities are his strengths.
“He (Wan-Bissaka) has been rewarded for that and he was exactly what Man United needed,” Barnes added. “When you are conceding a lot of goals and don’t have the protection on the midfield you need, then you need very good individual defenders.
“When I am looking at Maguire or Martinez I would not necessarily say that they are the best individual defenders, so they need players around them that are very good defenders, so Man United in that way can defend well as a team, which would help their center-halves,” he said.