Eric Bailly produced another sensational display during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Ivorian, as is becoming the norm, was a rampaging, unyielding force at the back all evening alongside Chris Smalling, emphatically dealing with any trouble that came his way.
A glance at his stats tell the story of a truly imposing performance: 92% pass accuracy, 100% aerial duels, 6 interceptions, 4 clearances, 3 blocks.
Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the two marquee signings of the summer, have undoubtedly made inroads since coming to Old Trafford, but it is Bailly – a largely unknown 22-year-old from La Liga prior to signing for Man United – who has impressed the most out of Jose Mourinho’s four signings.
His barbaric, unreserved approach has captivated United fans. He seems like the kind of man who runs a marathon every morning, before putting petrol on his cornflakes and running to Carrington for training. The first month at United is always bound to present some difficulties: perhaps they pick up an injury, make a poor error, or have a woeful 20 minutes in a high octane encounter.
But with Bailly, nothing of the sort has happened. The Ivorian seems to grow in stature every day, and United fans will be excited to see exactly how strong he turns out to be.