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[Opinion] Solskjaer Should Consider Using Bailly As An Emergency Defensive Midfielder

Eric Bailly has been on the bench for too long and from all indications, he has all it takes to be an unstoppable force in the Manchester United defensive midfield position. Solskjaer's biggest problem since he started managing Manchester United is finding a reliable defensive midfielder who can play solo in Manchester United's defensive midfield position. The likes of Fred and McTominay have proved to be insufficient.

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Eric Bailly has been a central midfielder throughout his professional career and a lot of people will wonder if he can fit into the Manchester United defensive midfield position. To answer this question, it is important to take a look at some of the qualities a footballer needs to possess if he wants to be successful as a defensive midfield player.

The most important quality of a defensive midfielder is physical fitness. Judging by what we see every weekend, Eric Bailly appears to be one of the most physically fit players in Manchester United. His physicality can be seen when he pursues an opponent in an attempt to win back the ball. A defensive midfield player should be physically fit, and Bailly is physically fit.

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A defensive midfielder needs to be considerably fast. Although some defensive midfielders depend heavily on their physical strength and not speed, it is an added advantage if a defensive midfielder has speed. Kante is one of the fastest defensive midfielders on earth and as we always see, he uses his speed as an added advantage. Bailly is one of the fastest defenders in the Premier League and his speed can be put to better use if Solskjaer converts him to the defensive midfield position.

Another top quality that Soldkjaer should look at is Bailly's aggressiveness. Most defensive midfielders use aggressiveness to intimidate their opponents. In Manchester United, no other player is as aggressive as Eric Bailly. His raw aggressiveness can easily turn him into a formidable force in the defensive midfield of Manchester United.

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Right now, Manchester United's biggest problem is the issue of a reliable defensive midfielder and it is sad to see Bailly languishing on the bench instead of getting a new role in the Manchester United team. Fred is one of the recognized defensive midfielders in Manchester United alongside McTominay. Both players lack most of the qualities we have examined, while Bailly has all the required qualities in abundance. It will be nice to see Solskjaer try new things because right now, he does not have too many options.

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