On Monday night, February 16, it will certainly remain etched in Eric Bailly memory for a long time. Manchester United’s young central defender, after some time, has managed to give the Red Devils a top ten. Not only that, but he showed that his trainer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, should trust him and give him a permanent vest at eleven.
Bailly, who had been absent from the action for several months due to a series of serious injuries was now finally able to overcome his problems and was perhaps United’s top player in their 0-2 win over Chelsea.
And indeed, away from home, which gives his team plenty of chances to catch the exit train to the next UEFA Champions League. That will be a life-long game for many players, as well as Solskjaer himself, who has been on fire lately from Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola.
The 25-year-old Bailly has had a rare breakthrough in the game against Chelsea’s Lampard. The presence of Ivorian next to international Englishman Harry Maguire was absolutely positive. Through his immediate intervention, he was able to provide solutions to several issues that arose in the defence function of the team. His quick actions have greatly corrected United’s situation, which is true it did not spend even the quietest hours in the crowded Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea players played as best they could and made frequent visits to the visitors’ defence, but as often as they came to threaten De Gea’s hot spot, either the Spaniard with his fouls kept his keep intact, or the Bailly’s answers with his actions.
United’s defence against Bailly in her twenties made her feel very comfortable and confident. It was a long time to realize how confident and confident Bailly gave his teammates. He recalled in many cases, the times of Serbian Nemanja Vidic, where an aggressive opponent could hardly threaten United’s home.
It is a fact for a team that is aiming to occupy one of the top 4 places in the overall standings, with its defensive clarity and preparedness, thanks to Bailly’s immediate response.
Bailly made his first appearance in this year’s Premier League. The last time Ivorian had fought 10 months ago in April. Since then he had gone through many issues with injuries that kept him out of the race. But now things are looking to change.
Bailly earns the confidence of his coach who sees the new true defence leader in his face. The one who, along with Maguire and Lindelof, will do the above and create a concrete defence that will make it difficult for any opponent to flirt with her.
And of course, we all know that goals bring the spectacle, but wins from zero in defence are the result. And right now Manchester United is burning for positive results and less for spectacle …
After all, Norwegians’ Solskjaer’s statements about Bailly were not accidental:
«Absolutely fantastic, the heart of a lion. Especially his move blocking his shot is out of this world. Eric is a top player. It was his first game since we played against Chelsea in April. He’s a great defender. He’s fast. , he’s brave like a lion and it’s great to have him in your team, just like us. »
And he has a full lawsuit. Bailly can be a pleasant surprise for the league to continue, something that United now desperately needs ..