Manchester United fans could not contain their happiness with Eric Bailly after the narrow win over a good Aston Villa side.
The Ivorian international has always been a fan-favourite but could never remain fit enough for a long enough period for fans to enjoy his presence on the field.
In the absence of Victor Lindelof, Bailly has put in a handful of stunning performances and showed supporters just what they’ve been missing out on.
United’s 2-1 win over Villa means they’re currently level on points with league leaders and fierce rivals Liverpool which is something fans didn’t think was possible just a couple of weeks ago.
If Bailly can keep himself away from any injuries then it’s likely he’ll continue to be handed starts even when Lindelof recovers from his own knock.
Eric Bailly appreciation tweet. pic.twitter.com/dSMYIO7o3H
— utdreport (@utdreport) January 1, 2021
The way all the players went to hug Bailly at the end just shows how important he is to this team. Lets all pray that he stays injury free in 2021?? pic.twitter.com/crAgSoSy0O
— RiZzy? (@RiZzyUTD) January 1, 2021
Eric Bailly – what a defender. Concentrated until the very, very end. Saved the three points there. Keep him fit and you’ve got some player.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 1, 2021
— Devils of United ? (@DevilsOfUnited) January 1, 2021
Putting everything on the line for your team. Eric Bailly’s last minute block was HUGE! pic.twitter.com/UOPYH6lBML
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) January 1, 2021
'Eric Bailly, the best centre back in the world'
— Aidan Walsh ? (@AidanWalshMUFC) January 1, 2021
Bailly is not only showing he’s capable of being a starting XI star but his partnership with Harry Maguire is arguably better than Lindelof.
The Swede international has played well this season and is the typically preferred player but the truth is that the former Villareal man is the superior centre-back.
Some fans would probably not even mind if the partnership moving forward is Lindelof and Bailly but unfortunately it’s not realistic given the cash Ole Gunnar Solskjaer splashed on Maguire.
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