Sunday Mirror

Viv’s tips for Wan to watch

- BY DAVID SNEYD Sports · Brian Clough · Arsenal F.C. · London · Manchester United F.C. · Manchester · Alex Ferguson · Alex Ferguson · Liverpool · Liverpool Football Club

VIV AN­DER­SON ac­cepts the fun­da­men­tals of the game have changed for de­fend­ers.

It was 40 years ago this year that An­der­son lifted the Euro­pean Cup in suc­ces­sive sea­sons un­der the guid­ance of Brian Clough. He joined Ar­se­nal soon af­ter and then left north London for Manchester United when Sir Alex Fer­gu­son made him his first sign­ing.

It means he will be a keen ob­server as the sides meet to­day, with ex­tra em­pha­sis on how one ris­ing young right back fares.

For United, Aaron Wan-Bis­saka has won plau­dits for his one-on-one de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties. But with more ad­ven­tur­ous full-backs pro­vid­ing more of a threat go­ing for­ward, what of the 22-year-old’s out­put in the fi­nal third?

“He is very, very good one to one but I still think he can im­prove,” An­der­son said. “There are times when he tack­les with his wrong foot and the higher up you go in the game the more mis­takes will be made.

“Right now he goes to ground a lot to make tack­les. I was al­ways taught that go­ing to ground should be the last thing you ever do.

“Peo­ple will com­pare him with Trent Alexan­derArnold be­cause it’s United and Liver­pool and they are such big ri­vals.

“We can all see what Alexan­der-Arnold does go­ing for­ward and peo­ple want Wan-Bis­saka to do the same. Ide­ally you could have Wan-Bis­saka’s de­fen­sive qual­ity and Alexan­der-Arnold’s for­ward-think­ing ac­tions be­cause you would have the per­fect player then.”

 ??  ?? DE­FENDER Viv An­der­son played on the big stage
DE­FENDER Viv An­der­son played on the big stage
 ??  ?? WORK IN PROGRESS United’s Aaron Wan-Bis­saka
WORK IN PROGRESS United’s Aaron Wan-Bis­saka

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK