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Shearer: Bailly looked like he had never been away

18 Feb 2020
Eric Bailly, Man Utd

Premier League Champion hails Man Utd centre-back's performance on return from long-term injury as he names his Team of the Week

Harry Maguire produced a captain's performance as he scored in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Chelsea, but his centre-back partner Eric Bailly also caught the eye of Alan Shearer.

The Premier League Champion was impressed as Bailly made his return from a long-term knee injury, playing for the first time since April 2019, and kept the Blues at bay with some crucial interventions at the back.

Shearer has picked both of the Man Utd defenders in his Team of the Week, based on the Matchweek 26 action over the past 12 days.

Pepe Reina (AVL) AVL 2-3 TOT

Made seven saves. Without his heroics, Spurs would have been out of sight well before their late winner, which was very harsh on the Spaniard.

Eric Bailly (MUN) CHE 0-2 MUN

This was his first appearance for almost 10 months but it certainly didn’t show. A great display was summed up by his incredible last-ditch challenge on Pedro.

Harry Maguire (MUN) CHE 0-2 MUN

A well-placed header capped off a commanding performance from Maguire, who is settling into his role as Man Utd captain nicely.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) NOR 0-1 LIV

Did well to repeatedly control crossfield passes in difficult, windy conditions, and was a constant thorn in Norwich City’s side.

Nicolas Pepe (ARS) ARS 4-0 NEW

Ignited the second half with his goal and two assists. He seems to be adding an end product to his skills now.

Jordan Henderson (LIV) NOR 0-1 LIV

Another brilliant performance by the Liverpool skipper and an excellent assist for Sadio Mane's winner.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (WAT) BHA 1-1 WAT

Scored a fantastic goal and worked tirelessly in midfield. 

Bukayo Saka (ARS) ARS 4-0 NEW

Was a threat all match and showed great confidence and skill to nutmeg Valentino Lazaro before teeing up Pepe for his goal.

Richarlison (EVE) EVE 3-1 CRY

Crystal Palace couldn’t live with his pace and strength, as he demonstrated with his magnificent solo goal.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVEEVE 3-1 CRY

A revelation under Carlo Ancelotti, he showed his poacher’s instincts again with another close-range goal and also claimed an assist.

Son Heung-min (TOT) AVL 2-3 TOT

A constant threat, getting six shots on target and scoring twice. Despite being denied time and again by Reina, he kept his composure for the stoppage-time winner. He will be missed by Spurs.

Manager: Ole Gunner Solskjaer (MUN) CHE 0-2 MUN

Masterminded a big away win over a top-four rival. A second successive clean sheet bodes well for Man Utd’s chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

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