Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has admitted full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the best player he has faced in the Premier League.
Wan-Bissaka has taken another step forward in the league this season, growing ever more comfortable within Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's backline, now including Raphael Varane.
The 23-year-old is one of the elite defensive full-backs in European football.
Still, question marks have remained over whether he has the creative capabilities to fulfil a role in modern times where his position is judged as much for attacking as it is defending.
Still, the Ivory Coast international has rubbished criticism of Wan-Bissaka, suggesting he is the most formidable challenge in the Premier League at right back.
"I really enjoy watching him play. I would say Wan-Bissaka. I think he is very strong in both areas," said Pepe when asked by Prime Video Sport who his sternest opponent is.
Wan-Bissaka, who is still yet to earn his first England cap, has become a fixture in Solskjaer's starting-11 since signing from Crystal Palace in 2019.
United fans were hoping he could gain a settled partnership on the right side this season with Jadon Sancho, but the Englishman has started on both wings, continuing the merry-go-round of players occupying the right-wing spot.
The former Palace full-back has not helped his chances of finding a stable partner after being shown a red card mid-week following a late challenge caused by a wayward first touch.
Despite the praise from Pepe, former United favourite Dimitar Berbatov believes United need to sign a new right back in January to increase the competition in that position.
"Right back [they need to improve], in my opinion. I was really happy that they bought a second back, and what a second back [Varane], a serial winner," Berbatov told the Metro.
"But a right back to give more push to Wan-Bissaka, to drive that competition and everywhere else is a complete squad.
"You see, you sign a left back and someone who can drive you who can do your best in the case of Alex Telles, then how this raises the performance of Luke Shaw.
"Because you think: ‘Wait a minute, this guy is going to take my position.’ So you need to push even more into my training programme, and here we go the result is he’s had a great tournament, a great Premier League, and he’s going strong. So I hope that he continues that way, but at the moment, he’s very, very good at what he is doing."
Sign up to our United newsletter so you never miss an update from Old Trafford this season.