Eric Bailly

Who is Bailly's shout for Player of the Year?

Tuesday 11 May 2021 14:30

Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly has named the two Reds he believes should be the frontrunners for the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.

Voting for the prestigious accolade, chosen by you, the United supporters, opened earlier today (Tuesday).

Every Red who has made a first-team appearance this season and is still with the club is included in the poll.

Bailly, who perhaps understandably, considers the game first and foremost from a defensive point of view, reeled off several contenders but settled on a pair who have consistently played their best football for the club this campaign.

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The official polls for the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards are open now.

In a recent interview for United Review, the Ivorian told us: “It’s very hard to say one player, but for me, if I have to choose, then I choose two players: Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.

“For me they deserve it, that’s just my opinion.

“Then also we have Harry [Maguire], Fred, Scott [McTominay]... I could say so many names! So I keep with Aaron and Luke.”

But why do Wan-Bissaka and Shaw get the nod from the 27-year-old, ahead of the likes of last year’s winner Bruno Fernandes, top scorer Marcus Rashford and talisman Edinson Cavani, whose recent performances have helped United to a Europa League final and earned rave reviews?

“For me, these two are the best right-back and best left-back in the league,” Eric explains.

“When I see Luke playing at this level, I am so happy because he has had some difficult times before this.

“Now he is very happy and is playing every game and playing well. He is back playing for his national team too.

“It’s the same with Aaron. The guy is young, playing every game and giving his best. They have helped our team be strong. They are two young guys who are both focused on giving everything to the team.

“I’m so, so happy for these two.”

You can vote for your Player of the Year now.

The full interview with Eric Bailly appears in the Leicester issue of United Review.

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