Eric Bailly is by his own admission in an interview with Guillem Balague, not a big talker on the pitch. Off it, he has a real way with words.

The Manchester United defender posted an amusing comment in reply to teammate Harry Maguire’s message on Instagram following United’s win away at Manchester City.

Bailly isn’t wrong. Maguire used his head extremely effectively against City.

The United centre-back made nine clearances in total. The rest of the defence made six combined.

Maguire is catching Eric Bailly up quickly in terms of appearances. This was Maguire’s 95th for United, while Bailly is stuck on 99.

While there have been calls for Bailly to partner Maguire on a regular basis, Victor Lindelof did very well alongside him at The Etihad as United kept another clean sheet.

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Captain’s display

Maguire told the club website that he felt the team were well prepared for City to come at them.

He said: “We knew they were going to keep the ball at times and the positions that they find themselves in, they have a lot of possession.

 

“We’ve seen that in recent games, so we had to be patient at times, but we had to make sure we kept getting up to the ball, kept getting contact, keep making tackles. I felt that we did that really well. 

“For sure we can improve, we can do better in parts of the game. But it’s an important win.”

Maguire made three interceptions in United’s win, a figure only bettered by teammate Aaron Wan-Bissaka (5). He played more than half the match on a booking too after being harshly yellow carded in the 32nd minute.

A lot of what Maguire does goes unseen, with the way he organises his defence, and helps out the goalkeeper. This was a third successive clean sheet in the Premier League for United, and Maguire has been a key part of that.

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