The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been showing their appreciation to their Ivorian defender, Eric Bailly. The 24-year-old has been the club’s best defender since he made the move from Villarreal back in summer 2016 and whilst injury problems have marred his season this campaign, he’s still a guaranteed starter when fit.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 8, 2018
Manchester United don’t have an abundance of strong central defenders, which is why the fans all love seeing Bailly on the teamsheet. The no-nonsense centre-back is fast, strong and has a defensive mindset that puts him well above the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof in the Red Devils pecking order. If the club can find a suitable partner for him and ship off the deadwood they’ll be in a great position to build on.
For now, though, the club has just the one impressive defender to rely upon and whilst Bailly does the job week in week out, the fact that he often has to overcompensate for his defensive partner has forced him into making errors. This season has seen Bailly make just 13 league appearances owing to injury and most United fans would have another centre-back on their summer shopping list as they look ahead to challenging Man City this season.
You can read our resident Red Devils’ verdict on Bailly here:
Best defender in the league
— JJ (@ClassyKelechi14) 8 June 2018
What a bloke
— The Doncaster De La Hoya (@CPS_1992) June 8, 2018
Best CB in the world.
— (@ClinicalDalot) 8 June 2018
— Courtney (@CourtneyLipa) 8 June 2018
Get this man in the starting lineup!
— Paris Preeeerb (@ValentineMick) June 8, 2018
signed in 2016 and yet our best CB by far! is still sat on the bench , yeah, brilliant.
— Dan Rylance (@DanRylance) 8 June 2018
Best defender for ManUtd
— Samkelo Sparks (@SparksSamkelo) June 8, 2018
— gangurit (@gangurit2) June 8, 2018
Eric Bailly is undoubtedly United’s best player, although this season the fans have become restless with his long injury lay-off and would like to see suitable players brought in alongside the Ivorian to share the weight of responsibility.
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