[GUÍA] Why Eric Bailly is starting for Manchester United vs Leicester City – 15% OFF

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Eric Bailly will start at centre back for Manchester United against Leicester City.

The Ivorian has retained his place from the midweek win at Everton in the Carabao Cup and his inclusion is the only change from the side that thrashed Leeds last weekend.

He replaces Aaron Wan-Bissaka in that XI but Solskjaer said Bailly would play in the centre of defence having shone against the Toffees in that role.

That means United will play either Victor Lindelof at right-back, or revert to a back three with Daniel James at right wing-back and Luke Shaw at left wing-back.

« I can tell you now Eric is playing centre-back. He did really well against Everton so there’s no point putting him in a different position, » Solskjaer told BT Sport.

« He’s been out for a while but you saw what he can do. »

Solskjaer has made eight changes from the side that played at Everton on Wednesday.

« We want a fresh team, fresh legs. Aaron’s injured so that’s a forced change. Eric will step in, no problem. He did really well against Everton, » he said.

« We’ve got loads of fresh legs, we’re well prepared, we saw the game they had against Tottenham and it was a very convincing win for them so we know what threats they can give us. »

While Wan-Bissaka misses out Scott McTominay has recovered from a groin injury he picked up against Leeds.

« He was adamant he wanted to play against Everton as well but you just have to keep him back, » he said. « Now he’s fine, he’s trained a couple of days and he’s ready to go. »

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits he’s unsure how United will line up at the King Power Stadium.

« We shall see. Bailly has played full-back before so he may just slot in and the rest of the team stays the same, » he said. « It could well be a three but we will anticipate him playing a bit more restrictive on that side as a full-back. »

[GUÍA] Why Eric Bailly is starting for Manchester United vs Leicester City – 15% OFF
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