Eric Bailly has become a threat to Harry Maguire’s spot as a guaranteed starter with Manchester United, says Wes Brown, with added competition for places raising collective standards at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is said to be registering on the Old Trafford recruitment radar, with the World Cup winner approaching the end of his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.
United have, however, found stability and continuity down the spine of their side, with Bailly coming back into favour after shaking off niggling injury issues.
He has tended to be rotated with Sweden international Victor Lindelof, but Brown believes that pair could be used in tandem as club captain Maguire takes in the odd break.
The former Red Devils defender has told Stadium Astro of the improvement made in Manchester this season: “United’s defenders this year have done well.
“They started the season badly, with some bad individual mistakes, but since players have started coming back and challenging for positions, I think it has upped everyone’s game a little bit.
“Alex Telles coming in has upped Luke Shaw’s game, Bailly coming back and getting a few games has upped Lindelof’s game.
“Harry Maguire you would say starts every game if he is fit, but Eric Bailly now has made it difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the sense that if he keeps on playing like that then he might have to keep him in for a while.
“I love competition and I think that is one thing that got dug into us.”
Brown spent 15 years competing for regular game time at United after stepping out of their famed academy system.
He took in 362 appearances and helped the Red Devils to five Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns during the iconic reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Source : goal.com