Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to grab the headlines by nodding in the winner in the Community Shield. However, there were other interesting takeaways for Manchester United from the match. Here, are 5 things we learned from Manchester United’s victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield final.
5) Bailly is worth his transfer fee
Eric Bertrand Bailly was United’s first signing of the season. He has been followed by Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan, and they will soon be joined by Paul Pogba.
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In all the hullabaloo about the superstars, the fact that United had paid 30 million for an unknown product, was lost somewhere. However, if United fans had harboured any fears about Bailly’s utility, they would have been more than reassured.
From the beginning, Bailly imposed himself on the game. Time and again, he stepped in to halt the progress of Vardy and co. yes, he did make a few errors here and there. But, that is to be expected from a young player making his debut in a foreign land.
United now have the option of using a strong and imposing centre back pairing of Smalling and Bailly. This would be especially applicable against physical opponents in the Premier League.