A MAN FOR THE BIG STAGE
Some of the very best professionals in football history have frozen beneath the imposing stands of Old Trafford and their glitzy lights. Back in 1984, even Diego Maradona was rendered powerless before the cacophonous noise created by 58,000 baying Reds, when his Barcelona side were knocked out of the Cup Winners’ Cup at the quarter-final stage. Even some United players have said that Old Trafford can be a ‘daunting’ place when things are not going so well. Thankfully, the glare and the glamour do not appear to have fazed Eric once since his arrival. Despite playing just 40 top-flight games before moving here – for Espanyol and Villareal in La Liga– he’s responded to the challenge with glorious ease. More than that, he looks like he’s relishing every minute on the pitch.
THE GREAT ENTERTAINER
We’ve already alluded to our no.3’s ability on the ball, and that fantastic Zidane-esque piece of skill against Liverpool, but Bailly doesn’t need a ball at his feet to enrapture the watching millions. His eccentric charm is often the delight of social media, and his unconventional repertoire includes sky-high warm-up jumps during the national anthems at the 2017 League Cup final, nicking one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s crutches during the celebrations that followed the Europa League final, and a range of joyous slides after goals and victories. If you follow any of the team’s Instagram or Twitter accounts, you’ll also be well aware that, like Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard et al, he’s quite fond of a good dance!