Eric Bailly produced a powerful performance on his first game since returning from the African Cup of Nations during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Leicester City.
The Ivorian returned from international on January 25th after dropping out of the AFCON group stages with Ivory Coast but wasn’t included against Wigan Athletic or Hull City.
He finally received his chance to impress against Leicester and duly took his chance with what was a wonderfully strong, dictatorial performance at the King Power Stadium.
His stats from the game shed light on another characteristically bombastic performance from the Ivorian.
Bailly's game by numbers vs. Leicester City:
60% duels won
91% pass accuracy
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 5, 2017
Bailly came back into the starting XI following a difficult month: possibly still not fully over his knee injury and definitely still reeling from a devastating AFCON campaign with Ivory Coast that didn’t see them win once.
But the 22-year-old took to the field with an air of businessman-like confidence. He was there to do a job and, alongside Chris Smalling, quickly eased back into English football after a month-long absence. Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, two potentially dangerous, tireless forces going forward, barely made a mark on the game with Bailly around, who comfortably outmuscled and outpaced the pair all afternoon as Mourinho’s men cruised to victory.