Eric Bailly will receive a new contract at Manchester United following talks with manager Ole Solskjaer. After the Ivorian defender returned to the United squad following an injury on February 3rd, 2021, the Red Devils gained better stability.
Ole Solskjaer is a fan of the twenty-six-year-old defender and appreciates his impact on the team. Following his performances for United, Ole has the desire to sign him to a long-term contract. In an interview on March 13th, 2021, he said, “I am thrilled with Eric Bailly in my team. He is a strong and commanding player. We have begun talks with and his representatives about a new contract and wish for him to sign with us for a longer time.”
Bailly a leader in the making
Eric Bailly joined Manchester United on June 8th, 2016, from Villareal in the La Liga. The Ivorian quickly came to his own and slotted into the Red Devil’s line-up and defense with ease. He was recruited by Jose Mourinho. Coincidentally he was the first player that the Portuguese manager signed in his tenure at Manchester United. Bailly is strong on the ball and is a real threat for the opposition forwards. Moreover, his presence in United’s defense eased them onto their first Europa League title under Mourinho. Though he is not the fastest player on the field, his sudden acceleration can bewilder his opponents and grant him the chance to win the ball back for his team.
Bailly is a true leader, and the new contract would suggest a more prominent role for the Ivorian international at Old Trafford.
Eric Bailly wishes to do more at Old Trafford
Eric Bailly, just like Ole, wants to commit his future to Manchester United. On his exit from Old Trafford, he desires to become a living legend like Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
However, the Ivorian has a flaw. He is injury prone and misses essential games because of it. In 2021, he has already missed nineteen days and four games in January and February. In the last season, he missed thirty-four games and was out of the squad for a hundred and seventy-four days.
Therefore, for him to honor his new contract, Eric should be in better health and be ready for any given fixture and not be out on the sidelines, disappointed that he could not start. If Bailly can get over his problems with injuries, then the twenty-five-year-old will soon take over the captaincy from Harry Maguire as he is flawless in his game and will motivate his team further.
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