James Maddison paid Wan-Bissaka the ultimate compliment during Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Brighton

James Maddison paid Wan-Bissaka the ultimate compliment during Sunday's FA Cup semi-final  against Brighton

This season, Wan-Bissaka has been one of United's most improved players. It could even be said that the 25-year-old defender has experienced a resurgence under Erik ten Hag, particularly in recent times.

Having previously found it difficult to secure a consistent spot in the starting lineup under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, Wan-Bissaka has featured in 26 matches across all competitions this season.

On Sunday afternoon, the ex-Crystal Palace defender displayed his brilliant best at Wembley.

Wan-Bissaka managed to contain in-form winger Kaoru Mitoma for significant periods and demonstrated his offensive skills by executing a spectacular solo run down the right-hand side, reminiscent of Cafu's playing style.

Many took to social media to praise the right-back, including Leicester City playmaker James Maddison, who made a huge 'best in the world' claim during the semi-final clash

Maddison wrote: "AWB is ridiculously good at 1 v 1 defending. Probably the best in the world bar none."

He added: "So many wingers run out of ideas when playing directly against him."

Here's how fans on social media reacted to Maddison's claim.

One said: "Absolutely the best in the world very underrated," while another commented: "Honestly the best I’ve seen since prime Thuram, if he was better with the ball he’d be the no1 RB in the world but he isn’t so he’s just a good defender and that’s not enough anymore."

A third wrote: "Always thought on his day, he is [one of] the best English right backs but way down the list when it comes to attacking play. Gone are the days where it was a must for defenders to be able to defend."

A fourth added: "If his attacking game was as great as his defending game, he'd be the absolute best RB in the world."

Maddison struggled to get past Aaron Wan-Bissaka when Leicester came up against United earlier this season – and he isn't the only one.

In fact, Wan-Bissaka has the best win percentage in 1v1 duels of any Premier League defender this season and has only been dribbled past once.

According to data, Nottingham Forest forward Emmanuel Dennis beat the full-back with a successful dribble in United's 3-0 win earlier this season.

But overall, Wan-Bissaka has recorded a 93.8 per cent success rate, meaning he is miles ahead when it comes to defenders in the Premier League with at least 15 one-vs-one's defended.

Back in 2020, Luke Shaw said the following about his teammate: "He puts his foot in the right position every time and, for me, he’s the best one-v-one defender in the world. No-one can get past him."

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