Going by Eric Bailly’s impressive form for Manchester United recently, everyone expected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start him against Liverpool last weekend. But instead, Solskjaer recalled Victor Lindelof who has been his first-choice centre-back pairing for the last two years, alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence.
This generated a lot of reactions. However, Roy Keane thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not make a controversial decision in bringing Victor Lindelof into the Manchester United team ahead of Eric Bailly against Liverpool.
The Man United great said “I don’t think it is such a big change,” Keane told Sky Sports. “I think he likes Lindelof. He’s built up a good relationship over the last year or two with Maguire.
There are always question marks over him in the big games, they might miss the pace of Bailly, but I don’t think it’s such a big decision, I think Ole likes him. He likes him with Maguire, I think there’s a good understanding between them.
So, I don’t think it’s such a big gamble to put him back in.”
Keane added: “They (United) are doing well, United have got into a good habit of winning football matches. The table doesn’t lie, they’re top for a reason, them and [second-placed] Leicester have won 11.
“It’s very easy to get to the top, it’s staying there. Whether this team has the right mentality to stay there, given Liverpool’s home record, it has to come to an end sometimes.
“You have to be brave, show courage and I think we’ll learn a lot about this Manchester United team today. I have hope rather than belief that they can get a result today.
“The Liverpool centre-halves give me hope they can get a result today.”