In June 2016, Jose Mourinho bought Eric Bailly from Villareal, bringing him to the Premier League. A signing that was made at the time in order to resolve Manchester United's defensive crisis. Bailly, on the other hand, was marred by a slew of injuries. He didn't receive enough opportunities to establish himself as a full-time center-back for the Red Devils.
Nonetheless, he demonstrated that he was on the same level as Nemanja Vidic. Bailly is a ruthless defender who is willing to put his body on the line to prevent a certain goal from being scored on him. He appears to do it better than anyone else.
On two separate occasions, he put his personal pride aside and instead contributed to his club's victory by playing from the back line of the field.
1. Bailly saved Aston Villa's final grasp shot in their match against Liverpool.
Manchester United was playing at home against Aston Villa earlier this year in the Premier League. With just one goal, you're in command of the game. United was frantically clinging to hope for a victory. One of those instances where they were under attack by a Villa squad that was pressing hard.
In the 95th minute, the ball dropped to Keinan Davis, who appeared to be on his way to equalizing. He launched a ferocious strike directly at Bailly's goal, but the goalkeeper was well prepared and held on. He came out of nowhere and threw his body in front of the ball to prevent it from scoring. David De Gea was both excited and astonished when he saw the stoppage in action.
2. Bailly denies Duvan Zapata the opportunity to score a second goal.
Duvan Zapata scored the game's first goal in the first minute of the contest, putting United behind the eight ball. Last night, the Colombian attacker posed a significant threat to the opposition. Eric Bailly was able to keep him from taking advantage of the majority of his opportunities in the box.
The best strikers in the world will always find a method to put themselves in a good position to score goals in the game of football. As soon as the ball bounced in Zapata's direction, all he could think about was playing a direct shot.
It's like a Superman leaping into a potentially deadly situation. Bailly went all out for the ball, and he did an excellent job of blocking the shot to keep the game alive.
Bailly, without a doubt, is a man for the big occasion. Cristiano Ronaldo was overjoyed with his defensive performance against Manchester United last night. To stop City during the weekend, Ole must reassign Eric, who is a no-nonsense character.
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