6 clearances, 93.8% pass-accuracy: United star Eric Bailly superb in Southampton win

Manchester United's Eric Bailly before the game

Manchester United defeated Southampton 2-0 at Old Trafford on Friday night.

Manchester United's Eric Bailly before the gameManchester United's Eric Bailly before the game

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly put in a superb performance on Friday night as his side got their first Premier Legaue home win under new boss Jose Mourinho with a 2-0 victory over Southampton.

United have started their league title challenge in top form, defeating Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium before claiming victory over the Saints at Old Trafford - two games the Red Devils lost last season.

New signing Paul Pogba was excellent while forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued to make a mockery of those who suggested he would struggle in the Premier League by scoring both of United’s goals.

Manchester United's Eric Bailly in action with Everton's Romelu LukakuManchester United's Eric Bailly in action with Everton's Romelu Lukaku

While the Swede will no doubt grab the headlines for his double, there were plenty of other good individual performances from Mourinho’s side with fellow new signing Bailly impressing.

  InterceptionsEffective ClearancesDuels WonAerial Duels WonBall RecoveriesPass-accuracyMins Played
Eric Bailly 4 6 2 2 2 93.8% 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the young centre-back dealt with everything that was thrown at him by the Saints while in possession he was arguably the calmest player out there.

Bailly arrived as a commanding defender from Villarreal, and he has already shown glimpses of why United opted to pay so heavily for his services despite a so-called lack of top-level experience.

Manchester United's Eric Bailly in action with Leicester City's Jamie VardyManchester United's Eric Bailly in action with Leicester City's Jamie Vardy

The 22-year-old posted an impressive two defensive duels won, two aerial duels won, two ball recoveries, four interceptions and six effective clearances as he held Claude Puel’s men at bay.

But arguably his most impressive contribution was his composure in possession, with his 93.8% pass-accuracy rate being the highest of any player on the pitch.

Next up for United is a trip to the KC Stadium where they will face former assistant manager Mike Phelan’s Hull City.

Manchester United's Eric Bailly celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Community ShieldManchester United's Eric Bailly celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Community Shield

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