Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has hailed Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the best right-back in the country.
Wan-Bissaka, 21, moved to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace in a £50million deal last week.
And Parker, who was an excellent right-back during his time playing for United, believes he will prove to be a better player than Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City star Kyle Walker.
Parker says his defensive ability sets him apart from his rivals and thinks he can go on to become first choice for England.
“I saw Wan-Bissaka play a lot of times last season, both at home and away with Crystal Palace, and I’ve said constantly that, for me, he’s the best right-back in the country,” he said.
“People might throw up Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold, but as a full-back, first and foremost in the number two position, you have to be able to defend, and he definitely can defend.
“He’s the best full-back in the one against one situation, without a doubt.
“People can get past him, but he’s got good pace, he knows when to tackle, he does slide in and he does remind me of Des Walker in the way he defends – long-legged running style, but covers the ground quick.
“He enjoys defending, which is a rarity as most players now like to make their name going forwards, being great crossers, overlapping and scoring goals.
Paul Parker says Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a better player than Trent Alexander-Arnold
“His priorities are defending and he thrives on making tackles.”
Wan-Bissaka was a revelation for Palace last season after breaking into the first team and Parker is backing him to make the step up at United.
Playing for Manchester United, he’ll soon realise the difference it makes in your life.
He explained: “It puts more pressure on you, and it’s important you use that and take it forward, because if you do that, and it goes the right way, there’s no better place to be.
Wan-Bissaka recently joined United in a £50million
Parker also thinks Wan-Bissaka is a better right-back than Kyle Walker
“He has to close everything off around him, because the game’s changed so much now.
“He’s got to understand that there’s going to be pressures on him both on and off the pitch. He needs to keep everyone he knows close to him.
“He has the opportunity to go on and compete to become England’s right-back, because there’s no certainty over who is England’s guaranteed right-back at the moment – it’s still open.
“The move gives him a better chance as he’s gone to United, and if he starts delivering there, that puts more pressure on Gareth Southgate to choose him.
“Given his age, it puts him in a good position, because he’s only going to improve.”