Eric Bailly opens up on receiving defensive advice from Solskjaer

Eric Bailly has been one of Manchester United’s best defenders since his arrival at Old Trafford.

The Ivorian’s injury problems haven’t allowed him contribute as much as he would like, but when he’s been available, he’s been absolutely brilliant.

But he’s not done it all alone. According to the centre back, he’s improved a lot because he’s received good advice from the boss, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer has not just helped shape our attack, he’s also given the defenders tips on how to close down forward players.

In a recent interview on Guillem Balague’s Pure Football podcast, Bailly reveals that Solskjaer has also been impressed with his aggressiveness on the pitch.

He said, “I always play at my maximum and he’ll say to me, Eric, you’re an aggressive player, the forwards don’t like this aggression or this and that. He’s been a forward, so he knows.

“There are many important bits of advice he gives to a centre back, a lot to take on. We learn from him, how to influence the forward, where to be.

“He gives us a lot with advice about that, when to make interceptions, the centre-backs need to be close to the forwards, especially a true striker, little details he tells us.”