If Manchester United wanted a solid, reliable centre-back when they signed Eric Bailly in the summer of 2016, they haven’t really gotten one.
Injuries and inconsistent performances have prevented Bailly from becoming a mainstay at the heart of the defence at Old Trafford.
His appearance against Arsenal on Wednesday was his first for the Red Devils in two months and just his sixth in the Premier League this season.
The 24-year-old is already a favourite among the fans, though.
That’s largely in part due to his hilarious character, which he displays on and off the pitch.
Indeed, Paul Pogba considers him to be the funniest player at Man United.
“I think it's Bailly. He doesn't even want to be funny but he's just funny,” Pogba told Copa90 last year, per Goal.
Man United fan's tribute to Eric Bailly
There are too many comical acts to recall but thankfully, a Man United fan has compiled Bailly’s best into one video.
It includes his brilliant reaction after completely missing the ball against Stoke, his celebration with the EFL Cup trophy and, of course, the moment he started a fight with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
If there’s a more entertaining footballer, we’re yet to come across him.
The Ivory Coast international must be good for squad morale.
And there’s no doubt that Man United, currently eighth in the Premier League table, need someone to keep the mood cheery.
There’s been very little to shout about. Jose Mourinho’s side are already 18 points behind leaders Manchester City and need to perform well in the second half of the season to finish in the top four.
The Portuguese coach has already been forced to backtrack on a recent claim he made that finishing in the top four would be a miracle.
“If I used that word, it is not a word I feel at all,” Mourinho said, per the Evening Standard.
“I don’t think we need miracle at all. We need a good run of results and don’t waste points where we shouldn’t.”
Mourinho's job could be riding on it.