Eric Bailly put up a solid display as Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-0 in the English Premier League and fans took to the social media to express their delight afterwards.
The 25-year-old was returning from a long-term leg injury which saw him sit on the sidelines for almost all of this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have picked Phil Jones with ease in Victor Lindelof’s absence, however, the Man Utd manager trusted Eric Bailly after he impressed the Norwegian being in training.
Eric Bailly did justice with the trust placed in him by his manager and made three key blocks, as per whoscored. One of those saw him steal possession from Michy Batshuayi before calmly playing his way out of trouble.
That moment certainly caught the attention of many United fans and some of them have taken to Twitter to appreciate the defender’s impressive return to competitive action after a long injury lay-off.
This is what Manchester United fans had to say about the Ivorian international after the game on Twitter:
Eric Bailly dropping his shoulder in his own 6 yard box under some serious pressure. What a guy.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) February 17, 2020
I don't care what anyone says, when Bailly is fully fit he is the best centre-back at Manchester United. This is not an opinion, its a fact. We've missed him. Don Eric. 👑
— Devils of United 🔰 (@DevilsOfUnited) February 17, 2020
Eric Bailly’s game by numbers vs. Chelsea:
100% aerials won
85% pass accuracy
6 ball recoveries
3 points & a clean sheet on his return. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AL0OoLbHSs
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 17, 2020
There’s just something about Eric Bailly that I love. Just want him to succeed and be injury-free.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 17, 2020
Bailly out here like the Ivorian Vidic! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
— Guz Khan (@GuzKhanOfficial) February 17, 2020
Bailly, Fernandes and Fred were outstanding tonight 🇾🇪
— Josh O’Sullivan (@ManUnitedMedia) February 17, 2020
United will be in Europa League action on Thursday night where they are scheduled to face Club Brugge. The club will make the trip to the Jan Breydel Stadium for the first leg of the round of 32 clash.