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Manchester United 0-0 Valencia: 5 Hits and Flops

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Top 5 / Top 10
03 Oct 2018, 16:21 IST

#4 Hit: Eric Bailly

Manchester United v Valencia - UEFA Champions League Group H
Bailly talking with Valencia manager Marcelino - his former boss at Villarreal

Back in the starting line-up with Lindelof watching from the substitutes' bench, Eric Bailly was impressive and performed admirably during a match where Valencia created half-chances upon occasion and appeared threatening on the counter-attack, but not much more than that. 

This was namely due to the Ivorian's defensive influence: his seven clearances, two interceptions and timely tackle were enough to regularly keep both Rodrigo and Michy Batshuayi at bay for sustained periods. 

Survived an early injury scare in the first-half to continue as normal, he initially appeared edgy at times and had to use his raw speed to return in the hosts' backline a few times early on. Although he himself has struggled for form this term, this performance further cements his place as the Red Devils' best defender. 

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