'It was a complete defeat' - Kaoru Mitoma gives honest reflection on his duel with Aaron Wan-Bissaka
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Kaouru Mitoma gave an extremely honest reflection of his duel with Aaron Wan-Bissaka following Brighton's crushing defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Brighton lost their semi-final showdown at Wembley Stadium 7-6 on penalties as Man United set up a blockbuster FA Cup final against Manchester City.
Wan-Bissaka starred in normal time and extra-time, containing Brighton's exciting Japanese star Mitoma, who has unable to influence the match.
It was Mitoma's first time playing against Erik ten Hag's star-studded team, with the 25-year-old 'regretting' not scoring last Sunday.
He also praised Wan-Bissaka and candidly said his duel with the right-back was a 'complete defeat'.
Speaking after his side's FA Cup defeat, he said: "I regret that I didn’t score a goal despite having a few chances to do so.
"And it’s difficult to score penalties, so I think I could have done something more before that."
Mitoma added: "I hadn’t played against them [Manchester United] before but all of their players are of high quality individually, so we had to be careful on the counter-attacks.
"I think the match as a whole went well but they had quality at the end.
"I also need to improve. He [Wan-Bissaka] is a strong opponent, that’s what I thought while I was playing.
"There were a lot of occasions where his legs stretched at the end, or he got the ball down at the back. I think it was a complete defeat."
Mitoma has been sensational for the Seagulls this season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions as he's enhanced his reputation following his humble football upbringing.
Despite the club's FA Cup elimination, he can still steer his side to European qualification as they currently occupy eighth place in the Premier League table.