Eric Bailly produced a powerful display at the back during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Ivorian, making his tenth start in a row, was a bombastic, committed and disruptive force at the Ethiad all evening as the hosts piled on pressure from start to finish.
A glance at his stats from the game shed light on what was a truly powerful display alongside Daley Blind.
Bailly's game by numbers vs. Man City:
50% tackles won
50% aerial duels won
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Man United have now equalled their longest ever unbeaten record in Premier League history (24) following the draw with Pep Guardiola’s side, and praise ought to be directed primarily in the 23-year-old’s direction for Jose Mourinho‘s men reaching such a feat.
He was simply intractable, furiously flying across the pitch with a seemingly endless array of tackles, blocks, interceptions and headers. And you can tell that, while those last 90 minutes didn’t make for pleasant viewing, he enjoyed every second of it.
The second half essentially pitted Man City’s front-line against a United defence spearheaded by Bailly. It was a matter of time, you felt, before the hosts found a way in behind him.
But in spite of going into the game with 810 uninterrupted minutes under his belt, alongside playing the closing stages with ten men, the indomitable Ivorian didn’t give Sergio Aguero and Co an inch.