Eric Bailly put in a great performance last night as Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-0 at the Stamford Bridge.
Bailly was praised for the way he contributed to the team’s clean sheet by Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the game.
While speaking to the official website, the Norwegian thought Bailly’s performance was ‘unbelievable’.
One thing that we must note in here is that Bailly’s display was a result of a tactical shift that saw United play with three at the back, something the Red Devils have leant into in recent weeks.
Manchester United will improve even further in their defensive performances when Victor Lindelof will join the back three once he returns from his injury.
In the last eight matched that Manchester United have played, they haven’t conceded in six of them. We can finally say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan to revitalise Man Utd defence is finally working.
Fans can expect the tri of Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in action by the Thursday night.
We aren’t suggesting that Luke Shaw isn’t any good, in fact, he is developing fast in his new centre back role and did his job pretty well on Monday night, but Lindelof is a clear upgrade.
Bailly complements both Lindelof and Maguire well with his speed and strong aerial presence, leading the team in aerial duels won last night.
The Ivorian can be unpredictable, and prone to the odd lapse in concentration or mistake, but with two central defenders covering him as opposed to one, United are better equipped for the downside of Bailly’s game.
Throw in wing-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams too and United have a backline which is tough for teams to break down, particularly with Nemanja Matic acting as a shield in front of the defence.
There may not be a better defensive trio around than Bailly, Lindelof and Maguire if they click.