Eric Bailly was an absolute warrior vs Burnley. Manchester United fans absolutely loved it.
Well it was tough as we all knew it would be, but Manchester United did the job. To a man, those guys left everything out there on the field – and it was superb to see.
After starting slowly, United grew into the game and dominated the second half. The chances were coming but it was looking like being one of those nights. In the end, Paul Pogba would get the job done – dropping a Man of the Match performance in the process.
However, we’d like to focus on the defensive side of things, in particular Eric Bailly. It was touch and go whether the Ivorian would start, but my, he was magnificent.
Winning headers, throwing your body on the line, using your pace to good effect and even showing a calmness with the ball at his feet. Bailly had it all and it was excellent to see him playing with such confidence.
We need to address the elephant in the room; his fitness. Keep Bailly fit and he looks like the perfect partner for Harry Maguire. However, that has been hard to do over the last few years. Hopefully, he’s now over the worst of the injury issues and Bailly can focus solely playing his football and propelling United to great things.
It’s no coincidence that United suddenly look far better back there with Bailly in the team and right now, I’m delighted he’s getting rave reviews because he absolutely deserves it.
As you’d imagine, United fans would heap praise on the 26-year-old, who continued to impress with another stellar defensive display vs Burnley.