Manchester United full-back Aaron 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.
The 25-year-old, who is nicknamed ‘The Spider’ because of the range and length of his legs when he lunges into a tackle, is known for his success rate when it comes to one-vs-one defending.
In fact,United teammate Luke Shaw and former Liverpool center-back Jamie Carragher have previously described Wan-Bissaka as the best one v one defender in the world.
“He puts his foot in the right position every time and, for me, he’s the best one-on-one defender in the world,” Shaw said in 2020. “No one can get past him.”
Well, it turns out one person has managed to get past him during the 2022/23 campaign. According to data, Nottingham Forest forward Emmanuel Dennis beat Wan Bissaka with a successful dribble in United’s 3-0 win earlier this season.
But overall, the former Crystal Palace man has recorded a 93.8 percent 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.
Here is a list of the best and worst Premier League defenders in 1v1 situations.
Best 1v1 win %
Aaron Wan-Bisakka – 93.8%
William Saliba – 83.3%
Luke Shaw – 80%
Antonee Robinson – 79.5%
Kenny Tete – 77.8%
Reece James – 77.8%
Ezri Konsa – 76.2%
Ashley Young – 75%
Thiago Silva – 75%
Had a quick look at the data.
Among defenders in the PL with at least 15 1v1’s defended, the 9 best and worst rates this season.
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Worst 1 v 1 win %
Kyle Walker – 17.6%
Aaron Cresswell – 36.8%
Raphael Varane – 37.5%
Lewis Dunk – 40%
Ben Godfrey – 40.9%
Harry Souttar – 43.8%
Virgil van Dijk – 43.8%
Alex Moreno – 44%
Tim Ream – 45.8%
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When it comes to defending, nobody loves a tackle more than Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“I love tackles, man. I want to come out with the most tackles from each game. That’s my aim,” he said while speaking toManchester United’s official website.
“I’m not really happy when I come out of a game without many tackles. At the same time, when I look back at it, it doesn’t mean anything negative, necessarily.
“It might mean that the winger’s not confident to keep on coming at me, for me to have the chance to tackle him.
“Wingers hate it. When I was a winger, I hated being tackled. When I attempted to beat a player and he slide-tackled me, I’d just think, ‘I don’t want to go down there again’, and change the route, change my play.”