Manchester United new boy Aaron Wan-Bissaka says he sets himself a personal target of making more tackles than any other player whenever he steps out onto the pitch.
The 21-year-old faces an early reunion with former club Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, two months on from his £45million switch from South London.
And his all-action approach is already paying dividends with his new club, as Wan-Bissaka has racked up 15 successful tackles in his two Premier League appearances for United thus far, more than anyone else in the division.
“I love tackles, man. I want to come out with the most tackles from each game; that’s my aim,” he told United Review , the match programme for Saturday’s meeting with Roy Hodgson’s men.
”I’m not really happy when I come out of a game without many tackles. At the same time, when I look back at it, it doesn’t mean anything negative, necessarily – it might mean that the winger’s not confident to keep on coming at me, for me to have the chance to tackle him.
“Wingers hate it. When I was a winger, I hated being tackled! When I attempted to beat a player and he slide-tackled me, I’d just think: ‘I don’t want to go down there again,’ and change the route, change my play, you know?”
The youngster has made an impressive start to Old Trafford life, and says he couldn’t wait to get started.
“I just like to play my game, play without fear, do what I’m capable of doing,” he said.
“Was I nervous before my debut? Nah. Me, I block it out. I know what nerves can do. Nerves keep you quiet. I’m just waiting for the game to start. I’m in the changing room, just waiting, thinking: ‘Can this game hurry up and start?’
”The longer it takes, that’s when the nerves could come in, so I just want to get the waiting over and done with. I just want to get into the game, get the ball as much as possible. That stops the nerves.
“Then I like to get the tackles in, because I get a lot of confidence from tackles. The fans help as well, cheering them, so, after that, I want to get into the next one, then the next one. That helps.”