Aaron Wan-Bissaka is better than Trent Alexander-Arnold "without a shadow of a doubt", according to his former Crystal Palace teammate Patrick van Aanholt.
The Man Utd star often draws comparisons with his fellow right-back given their similarities in age and position.
Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold, 21, has developed into arguably the world's best in the role, and has seemingly cemented his place in England's senior side.
Wan-Bissaka, 22, meanwhile is yet to make his full international debut, though has been progressing slowly since his £50million switch to Old Trafford last summer.
And van Aanholt already believes his ex-colleague is operating at a higher level than his Liverpool adversary.
“Better than Alexander-Arnold? Without a shadow of doubt,” van Aanholt told the Counter Attack podcast.
“They are different players. Defensively, Aaron is unbelievable, better than Trent.
“Yes, Trent has got his attacking and his corners, his right foot. But if you ask Wilf [Zaha] who he would want to play against, every other day, Trent or Wan-Bissaka, I think he will say Trent.”
Wan-Bissaka's recent form has drawn plaudits from fans and pundits alike.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was one of the first to suggest the United man was the best one v one defender in world football, following his impressive man of the match display against rivals Man City.
He did a good job of keeping City dangerman Raheem Sterling quiet that day, while Alexander-Arnold is lesser renowned for his defensive capabilities.
The Liverpool star instead comes up with valuable contributions at the other end of the field, providing 12 assists and two goals for his side in the Premier League this season alone.
By contrast Wan-Bissaka is yet to hit the back of the net, and has just two assists to his name.
Van Aanholt concedes this is an area the youngster must work on, but still favours his defensive prowess over Alexander-Arnold's attacking value.
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