Manchester United’s defence has improved massively this season through the signings of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, adding defensive stability at the back, bringing much needed protection for David De Gea.
One topic which could be debated by many United fans is whether Maguire’s partner at centre halve should be Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly, with both showing glimpses of why they should get the nod by Ole.
Lindelof has been next to Maguire for much of the season, forming somewhat of a partnership, however the Swedish defender seems to find it hard to have a run of consistent performances, with many shaky moments. This alone is frustrating for many fans, and makes me personally question whether he is good enough to be first choice at Manchester United.
The game where we saw the birth of Lindelof in a United shirt, in my opinion, was Brighton at home two season ago when he clattered Anthony Knockaert with a brilliant tackle, which spurned the whole team to go on and win the match. However, there have been the shaky shows, with Huddersfield away in the league being the one that stands out in my head, with his mistakes leading to the humiliating loss.
Bailly is without a doubt a fans favourite for his personality and stand out, somewhat abnormal performances. Whilst he is an absolute character on and off the pitch, he does show signs of being a world class defender, with his performance against Stamford Bridge this season one example of his warrior like style of play where he gives his all every time he plays.
Eric does however have mistakes in him, like all defenders do. Similar to Lindelof, I find Bailly is either spotless, or full of errors in a game. Another problem with the Ivory Coast international are his countless number of injuries. He has an ongoing knee problem which seems to be touch and go, but when he is fit, he could be a big part of our future.
Overall both Lindelof and Bailly have their assets which could make them consistent starters. Lindelof is seemingly Ole’s favoured option in recent times but if Eric could get himself fit and force his way to a run in the team, I believe that he could be a frequent starter.
One other name which could be ready is Axel Tuanzebe. Labelled by many a future Manchester United captain, the youngsters’ season has been hampered by injury, but will no doubt come back and challenge both Eric and Victor for that other centre back spot.
Watch this space.