Manchester United winger Mason Greenwood has said Fulham left-back Joe Bryan is the hardest player he’s ever played against, in a fans’ Q&A session.
The 19-year-old United starlet already has 105 senior appearances to his name, coming face-to-face against some of the best full-backs in the Premier League and playing in the Champions League and Europa League during his short playing career.
With this, he is likely to have faced the likes of Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Marcus Alonso, Andrew Robertson, Kieran Tierney and others, whilst also playing more centrally at times and playing against some top-quality central defenders.
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However, he has identified Fulham’s Joe Bryan as the trickiest full-back he’s ever battled against and speaking to a fan at the Q&A event, Greenwood said: “I’ve probably got to say, it might be a surprising one, but do you know (Joe) Bryan, the one for Fulham?
“He allowed me no space, no time on the ball, when we played them home and away. It was one of my most difficult games for us.
“He’s one you probably wouldn’t think I’d say his name, but he was getting tight to me and not giving me much space. He was a good defender and he was probably my toughest challenge.”
The 27-year-old joined the west London side in 2018 from Bristol City when they were promoted to the Premier League – and played a huge part in the 2020 play-off final when he scored a brace for Fulham in their 2-1 victory against Brentford.
Now they’re back in the Championship, he will be hoping to guide them to the top tier once again.
With fellow Fulham left-back Antonee Robinson being linked with a move to Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, this praise for Bryan will be music to Marco Silva’s ears and the Portuguese manager may have already seen the quality he brings to the Cottagers.
Even though the left-back has suffered two relegations with Fulham in the last few years, he is still a solid option to have in the Championship and at 27, could be a decent long-term option to replace Robinson if an offer for the former Wigan defender is accepted this summer.
His quality gives Silva that option, so it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets next season and how Silva deals with his left-back department.
And it just goes to show how underrated Bryan is outside of west London.