Garth Crooks explains how Man Utd ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka stopped Man City plan B

Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka rendered Raheem Sterling ineffective on derby day.

That’s according to Garth Crooks, who highlighted Pep Guardiola’s decision to get Benjamin Mendy attacking the ex-Crystal Palace ace amid Sterling’s lacklustre performance.

Wan-Bissaka cost a hefty £45m in the summer. But he looked worth every penny against Manchester City as the Red Devils secured a comfortable 2-0 win over their arch rivals.

Sterling is an integral player in Guardiola’s side and now firmly established as a world-class talent.

But Crooks insists Wan-Bissaka was more than a match for the Real Madrid-linked England international.

“This was no ordinary contest, this has become personal,” he told the BBC.

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“I’ve seen these two go at it before in a derby and it makes for great viewing.

“I have to say Wan-Bissaka came out on top on this occasion and I suspect Raheem Sterling won't like it.

“In the end Sterling went up front and Benjamin Mendy tried to use his pace and power to bully his way past the Manchester United right-back – but to no avail.

“This lad is one of the best timers of a tackle I have seen in years.”

Despite the disappointing defeat, Pep Guardiola was adamant that his side performed well.

“We played good, we missed a little in the final third but the second half was better and it was a good performance,” the Spaniard said in the aftermath.

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"We play the same way, tried the press and defend well and we did well.

"Our game is there, we played really good in terms of coming here.

“They wait and did long balls on the counter-attack for Daniel James and Anthony Martial.

"We did our game but unfortunately we conceded a goal. They waited for our mistakes."

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