Manchester United fans were fully appreciative of Eric Bailly after their side’s clean-sheet vs a dangerous Wolves side.
The Ivorian defender is often viewed as one of the best, if not the best, centre-back in the team but his inability to keep fit has often meant he hasn’t played.
Bailly’s proneness to injury is the only thing stopping him from having a successful career at United but he has managed to string together a couple of appearances.
This has led to fans’ reappreciating what he brings to the table and he shined brightest in the narrow 1-0 victory over Wolves.
Hopefully Bailly can kick on and remain available for selection but if that is to happen, it’s likely Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to manage his minutes well.
Eric Bailly appreciation tweet. He stopped countless counter attacks himself, looked composed, won headers, tackles and did everything to help the other defenders. I hope he can finally stay fit because he’s incredible.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 29, 2020
Eric Bailly my man of the match. Superb in defence along with Maguire. Recovered everything and won his key battles. Mature performance.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) December 29, 2020
David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire deserve huge praise for this win tonight
They were all superb 🙏👏
— Aidan Walsh 🔰 (@AidanWalshMUFC) December 29, 2020
Eric Bailly is so clear as the best centre-back at Manchester United pic.twitter.com/PY6PSFpOGw
— Caleb . (@Caleb_Mufc) December 29, 2020
Eric Bailly’s acceleration is absurd for a centre-half, colossal performance.
— ManUnitedMedia (@ManUnitedMedia) December 29, 2020
Another excellent display by Eric Bailly lets just hope he stays fit because when he’s on it there aren’t many better CB’s around. pic.twitter.com/rDv6hXCt6E
— ًEIIis. (@UtdEIIis) December 29, 2020
Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have been Solskjaer’s go-to partnership and that has largely had to do with the lack of options.
As good as Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe are, they aren’t fit enough regularly to truly challenge for a spot in the starting XI.
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