Man United defender wants to stay at club and fight for place: report

Manchester United’s defence has shipped a huge 50 league goals in 35 games this season. Simply put, that’s just not good enough.

Perhaps signing a new centre-half is high amongst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priorities heading into a massive summer transfer window. It’s easy to forget that we still have a talented central defender on our books, though.

We’re talking about Eric Bailly. His debut season under Jose Mourinho was pretty special. The Ivorian played a Nemanja Vidic-esque season in which he was truly outstanding while being talked about amongst the best centre-halves in the country.

Things have fallen off since then, but I’d still argue he is our best central defender. Now, in a report from the Manchester Evening News, it is being claimed that the 25-year-old wants to remain at Old Trafford amid interest from Lyon, as he wants to win his place in Solskjaer’s starting XI.

Bailly hasn’t played since a first-half horror show away in Paris, but this is the perfect attitude to have. Amongst players wanting to leave, refusing to sign new contracts and angling for a move away, Solskjaer needs people like this to step up.

There’s no doubt that he’s better than both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, and in a two alongside Victor Lindelof, Bailly certainly deserves another crack at the whip – particularly if he continues to reiterate his desire to remain here at United and work hard.

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