Why Eric Bailly could be a big hit at Manchester United

Play had been stopped seconds beforehand, but Eric Bailly didn’t know that. While referee Craig Pawson was calling a halt to the game to deal with an injury at the other end of the field, Bailly was chasing after Leicester City’s title-winning hero Jamie Vardy. It was a chase that ended up with Vardy sprawled on the floor, sent flying by one of the most forceful shoulder charges he’s probably ever had to deal with.

It counted for nothing but the cheer of delight from the Manchester United fans was heartfelt. They’d found a new hero.

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Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.