Eric Bailly has been arguably Manchester United’s best player since the turn of 2021 alongside Harry Maguire and the Ivory Coast man has made the club’s title charge argument even stronger.
Ahead of their clash at Anfield, Bailly must start against if United are to continue their excellent form going into the game at fixture on Sunday. The centre-back’s performances in United’s last two league games against both Burnley and Aston Villa have signified his importance to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, with two clean sheets in the league and a miraculous display against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In truth, bar Paul Pogba, the Ivorian has been United’s best performer in 2021 and must carry on in the much-anticipated top of the table clash with Liverpool as United look to inflict upon their Merseyside rivals their first defeat in 65 Premier League games at Anfield.
Bailly’s efficient performances have clearly been noted by his teammates in recent weeks, indicated by the team’s response at full-time against Villa when they swarmed the centre-back after making a vital block in the latter stages of the game. We take a look at the importance of Bailly in the Manchester United starting XI and how he compares to his rival for a starting birth, Victor Lindelöf.