Eric Bailly was the only natural senior centre back which formed part of Manchester United’s matchday squad that drew 1-1 against Young Boys at Old Trafford.
The Ivorian was partnered by Nemanja Matic, who captained the side, at the heart of Ralf Rangnick’s defence.
Unlike the Serbian, United’s number three produced an assured and dominant display, which ensured the reigning Swiss champions didn’t complete the double over the Reds in Group F.
The 27-year-old showed both his neat footwork and blistering pace in the first half, as he had to cover for the ageing Matic.
The former Villarreal man didn’t put a foot wrong and the most important thing was that he came through the 90 minutes unscathed.
With club captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof given the night off, it’s likely that the pair will be recalled to Rangnick’s starting line-up for the trip to Norwich on Saturday evening.
However, with Raphael Varane working his way back up to full fitness and a relentless run of Premier League games ahead, Bailly’s performance against David Wagner’s side could see him be given further chances to impress in the coming weeks.
Unlike under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer where fringe players weren’t rewarded for their good performances, Rangnick won’t be afraid to drop under-performing stars and give the likes of Bailly the opportunity to make a position in his first choice 11 their own.
Following his impressive performance against Young Boys, United’s number three was lauded on social media by Manchester United fans.
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