Will Bailly be able to get back to his best?

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Eric Bailly born in Bingerville Cote d’Ivore, is a Manchester United player who was signed from Villareal in July 2016. Known for his tenacity to go for every challenge hard, he had a good first season with United before injuries and lack of game time curtailed the hopes that were placed on him.

Eric Bailly is an interesting case. Whenever he is fit, he brings a sense of stability and formidability to our defence. He has, on more than one occasion, shown attacking opposition that he is a no-nonsense defender. United fans have waited a long while for a player that could instil fear into strikers, what with Vidic having left for Inter and no defender being able to replicate his performances. Some fans have likened Bailly’s style of play to Vidic’s and it is no wonder so many of the fans sing his praises.

He joined from Villareal in July 2016 and many were sceptical as to whether he could fit the bill. That season he managed over thirty appearances in total for United and could have played more were it not for a recurring knee injury that he suffered from. He was unfortunate not to play in the Europa League final, but he did earn silverware in only his first season at the club. It was obvious from the get-go that he was supposed to be Mourinho’s leading man in the back-line.

The following season he only managed 13 appearances in the Premier League due to injuries he suffered over the course of the season. Although United placed second and ended up runners-up in the FA Cup, this season for him wasn’t as great as the one before.

Known for his physicality and penchant for taking no prisoners in the tackle, Bailly is a good center back when he is playing with someone who can cover his tracks. His only glaring problem is that he goes into every tackle as if it's his last. He is currently on a suspension due to a Red Card he received for a nonsensical challenge in the game against Bournemouth. This just highlights how he can be overoptimistic in tackles. Not that we are not berating him for it, remembering that he has achieved so much with us at only 24. There is still room for improvement for the young Ivorian as the years go on.

With transfer rumours going around and a likely CB coming in either this January or in the coming summer, it is a wonder if Bailly will still be seen as a cog in this re-ignited United side. With rumours last month alluding to him possibly leaving for AC Milan, we will see how the season develops and whether or not he can retain a starting position alongside Lindelof.

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