Eric Bailly, Phil Jones face major test - Gary Pallister

Eric Bailly, Phil Jones face major test - Gary Pallister
Manchester United's Eric Bailly

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 09:00

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister reckons Ivorian Eric Bailly and centre-back partner Phil Jones will face a major test in their match at Liverpool later today.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a strong start to the 2017/18 season, but have yet to face a testing opponent. That is set to change early this afternoon when they come up against Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield.

Bailly and Jones have generally been the preferred centre-back pairing for manager Jose Mourinho and they are expected to anchor the defence against the Reds, where they have to be in top form, according to Pallister.

“There were big question marks over Phil Jones over the last couple of years with injuries and his form and I think he has come back to his critics with his form this year," Pallister told

“He has been one of our best players at the start of this season, it is terrific to he him recapture his form from when he came to Old Trafford.

“Bailly loves to defend and maybe even a mould of [Nemanja] Vidic or a Steve Bruce, he is aggressive.

“He loves to defend and if I was a centre-half then I would love to play with a guy like him so I think defensively we have been pretty sound.

"We are scoring goals quite freely but we have not had a massive test, we expected more from Everton.

“Liverpool is a massive test for this team, we no doubt look a better team than we did but this is a different level."

Kick-off in the Liverpool-United match will be at 13h30 CAT.

Sign in with:  
Sign in to comment