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The Ivory Coast international had a solid defensive performance as the Red Devils extended their unbeaten league streak to 10 games on Friday.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is full of praise for Eric Bailly after his defensive contribution helped the Red Devils beat Aston Villa 2-1 on New Year’s Day.
Bailly launched his body at a shot from substitute Keinan Davis in the final stages to help Manchester United seal the three points, with Bruno Fernandes scoring the winning goal after Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso disallowed Anthony Martial’s first goal. .
The defender won the most punts (six) and one more interception at Old Trafford on Friday, and was surrounded by his teammates as the game concluded as they applauded him for his crucial blocking.
Solskjaer, in his reaction, revealed that the 26-year-old defender, who started his last three Premier League games, deserves the ovation he is receiving.
“You can see today his physique, his pace and his courage is unsurpassed,” was quoted by Solskjaer. Manchester evening news. “He has a style of play that has caused him to be injured a couple of times and probably the muscle fibers have also caused him some injuries.
“You see how much he means to him but also to the rest of the guys at the end of the game, because he is a very loved player and a man in the locker room.
“Everyone wants him to do well and they know the problems he had and we are delighted for him.”
Since their 1-0 loss to Arsenal in November, Manchester United are unbeaten in the English top flight, and are now tied on 33 points with leaders Liverpool after 16 games.
Solskjaer described how his team survived the nervous ending, with the impact of David de Gea and Bailly highlighted.
“Then towards the end, David [de Gea] he makes a good save and Eric makes a fantastic block and we saw that one way or another, ”added the Norwegian manager. “Sometimes you have to find a way to win.
“We could have handled the last 10 minutes better, but we got through it.
“I am very happy with the position we are in. It is a big difference, if you look back 12 months. You lose the opportunity to be there or there in the first 10 games, you cannot lose the opportunity to be in the race for title “.