Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma praised Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka following the FA Cup semi-final match on Sunday.
Erik Ten Hag’s team won the penalty shootout 7-6 after the game ended goalless after 120 minutes, with all seven penalty shooters scoring for the Reds. Victor Lindelof converted the game-winning penalty after Solly March’s shot flew high over David de Gea’s crossbar.
Wan-Bissaka was one of United’s standout performances at Wembley and has continued to shine in the second half of the season. He was able to keep Brighton’s Mitoma quiet throughout the game, with the Japan international – who has 10 goals and seven assists this season – struggling to get the better of the Reds’ right-back.
Mitoma commended Wan-Bissaka after the game for his individual performance in the semi-final, saying the 25-year-old made it difficult for him throughout the game.
“He is a strong opponent, that is what I thought while playing,” he said to One Football. “I think it was a complete defeat.”
“I regret not scoring a goal, despite having a few chances,” he continued. Because scoring penalties is difficult, I believe I could have done more before that.
“I haven’t played against [Manchester United], but all of their players are excellent individually, so we had to be cautious on counter-attacks.” “I thought the match went well overall, but they had qualities at the end.”
Wan-Bissaka, who has made 26 appearances for Ten Hag’s side this season, is out of contract next year, but he may have done enough to deserve a new contract after impressing in recent months. Given that he was judged surplus to needs earlier in the season, his recent form has been a tremendous boon for the Reds.