Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he expects more consistency from injury prone defender Eric Bailly after the Ivorian put up an impressive display against Brighton.
Bailly was solid at the back as the Red Devils trounced Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0.
It was a rare start for the defender who has spent most of the time on the doctor’s table over the past five seasons at United.
Against a stubborn Brighton side on Wednesday, the defender won 100% of his tackles, had a 91% pass accuracy, made two blocks and was also responsible for two key interceptions.
Solskjaer was impressed with Bailly at the Amex Stadium but has told the 26-year-old he needs to be doing it on a regular basis without injury if he is to cement his place in the side.
“I think Eric played well again, he knows how highly we value him,” said Solskjaer. “For him now it’s about consistency, performances, staying injury-free, which he has done for a while.”
While United’s performance on the south coast wasn’t always convincing, they managed to progress to the quarter-finals.
“We’re through, that’s the job in the cup, I think we deserved it in the end,” said Solskjaer.”First 20 or 30 minutes it was a game that didn’t really look like getting any goals, but some quality moments gave us the goals we needed. We had to defend well throughout, I’m very pleased.”