Manchester United’s defence stood strong against Liverpool to give Erik ten Hag his first three Premier League points on Monday night.
The new centre-back partnership of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez were aggressive from the get-go and dominated Liverpool forwards during both aerial and ground duels.
Martinez, in particular, was outstanding and got the Old Trafford crowd – who were protesting against the Glazers’ ownership of the iconic club – going with his intense approach.
The United faithful love an aggressive defender. Eric Bailly quickly established himself as a star at the Theatre of Dreams due to his combative nature of defending.
However, injury issues meant he never became a regular starter for the Red Devils, and is now set to move to France in search for regular game time.
The Ivorian, who wasn’t even on the bench during United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool, has agreed to join Marseille in a loan-to-buy deal.
The 28-year-old will spend a season on loan in Ligue 1. The Athletic report that Marseille have an obligation to buy Bailly if they qualify for the Champions League and if he’s involved in a certain number of games.
The French giants, who were looking for a centre-back following William Saliba’s return to Arsenal, will cover Bailly’s wages.